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Vol. XLIV, No. 1 

January 3, 1942 

As the New Year dawns, 
And the Old Year fades away, 

May our lives be lived 
Before the Lord each day. 

Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 

iLl'BJQT'I 8391X00 

The Brethren Evangelis 

The Brethren Evangelist 

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W. E. Ronk, President 
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much good in announcement, but for information we pas.>;; 
it along. "The Western Pennsylvania Ministerium will meeij 
on Monday, January 5, 1942, at the home of Rev. and Mrs; 
Chester F. Zimmerman, Beamer, Avenue, New Kensingtom 
Pa. Anyone arriving after 10:30 a. m. will have the pleasurtj 
of giving a forfeit." The notice is signed by Mrs. Chester 
Zimmerman, Sec.-Treas. ' 

that there is a growth in attendance at both the morning and 
evening sei^vices. The average attendance for the month of 
November was as follows: Morning, 178; evening, 80. This 
seems to be the general trend throughout the entire broth- 

BROTHER H. H. ROWSEY, pastor of our Goshen, Indi- 
ana church, announces a "Family Day" at the church on 
January 4th. Also that the "Week of Prayer" will be held 
January .5-11, and that a class in Personal Evangelism will 
be conducted beginning January 13th. These are timely and 
necessary parts of the work of the church in these days. 

The text of the message may be a litt'e late for our readers, 
but it shows very definitely what some of our pastors are 
doing for the interests of the Publishing House. Read the 
following carefully. 


"While you ai'e considering what to give to the family, 
to married children, or to friends in the chui-ch, we suggest 
that you invest $1.50 for a year's subscription to The Breth- 
ren EvanfieUst. as your gift to them.. They will appreciate 
your thoughtfulness. 

"Thus each week throughout the year you will be remem- 
bered as the giver of a welcome Christmas gift. 

"Others are doing this very thing. See your pastor for 
the details." 

(Now that is what we, here at the Publishing House, call 
real cooperation. Thanks, Bx-other Benshoff, for that first 
page notice.) 

P. S. "Go thou and do likewise." 

pastor. "The church is not a dormitory for you to sleep in. 
It is an institution for you to help in. It is not a rest camp. 
It is a front line trench." 

The VINCO C. E. SOCIETY is cond.vcting a contest. It is 

Interesting Items 2 "°t ^ "lere contest, it is a study of some of the churches 

throughout the bi-otherhood. The contest part of it sen-es 
Forgetting— Reaching Out 3 j^^ purpose, but the educational features are valuable. 

The Church and Her Altar 4 Brother C. Y. Gilmer, pastor, devotes an entire page of his 

The Family and Its Altar 5 ^""^*'" ^° ^ '"*=''°'"^ "^ ^^^ "^^^^ ^'"^ ^'"^"" ^"^ to some of 

the things thev have learned cone rning the churches. We 
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Fifty-five Years-Twelfth in Series ^t,,^^. .o^i^ties in on his plans. 

-Dr. Martin Shively 6 

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The Brethren and the War-Dr. Charles A. Bame 9 ^ ^^,^y Eranyelist subscriptions are expir- | 

When Teachers Teax:h— Rev. N. V. Leatherman 10 '^^ j^g „o^._ Renew at once in order not to miss ;,; 

Those Brethren Emphasis Programs — Dr. G. S. Baer 11 v a single COpy. V 

Our Children's Department 12 ;>; Look closelv at vour address label. It is li; 

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We have entered into a New Year. Only the Lord 
Himself knows what it holds for this world. How 
much of change and how much of settling unrest; 
how much of burden and how much of burden lift- 
ing, how much of return to Christ and how much of 
continuing of careless living — these are locked in 
the mind of the Eternal God. 

But the past is past. It cannot be reclaimed. The 
future is before us. I* 4s ours to make or mar. The 
clean page has been turned. How long will it remain 

Have You Forgotten? 

St. Paul, in that wonderful passage in Philippians 
3:13, says, "Forgetting those things which are be- 
hind. ....." Is it possible to put things that have 

happened out of mind? Is memoiy something that 
we can "put on" and "take off" at will? Ah, no. 
Memoiy clings, and we are bound to revert to hap- 
penings in the past, be they good or evil. 

But we need not dwell on them and exclude the 
more important things of the future. Someone has 
said, "Contentment with the past is fatal to all prog- 
ress." But another says, "Memory is a precious gift; 
without it progress would be impossible. It is mem- 
ory which enables us to carry on the advantages of 
past ages to the coming time. But the misery is that 
we burden memory with thoughts and feelings which 
cannot help, but hinder our future development." 

These words are well taken and express the 
thought which we have in our mind as we pen these 
words. We must not live in the past. We must be 

Striving torvard the future. 

Paul, in this same passage, says, "I press on." 
There is a goal set in the presence of every Chris- 
tian. The path that leads to the goal is not always 
in sight. Sometimes we must walk, not by sight, but 
by faith. And, while the path may be invisible that 
we tread, yet there always shines above the horizon 
the eternal star which guides us in the way we 
should go. 

In this year of our Lord, 1942, let us forget the 
past, and, looking unto Him who goes before us as 
the Captain of our Salvation, march in a mighty 
force to bring victory to the armies of the Living 


As this number of The Evangelist goes to press 
it marks the beginning of the second year for the 
writer as Editor of The Evangelist. It has been a 
year of difficulties, of education in a new task, of 
joys and sorrows, of frequent errors in judgment — 
but through it all you, the subscribers, have been 
more than kind, both in your indulgence in matters 
editorial and in your kindly expressions of good will. 
We have appreciated every word of commendation 
that has come from you, and many have come, and 
likewise we have tried to heed the criticisms which 
have been in many cases of a constructive nature. 
We take this occasion to express our thanks to those 
who have been closely associated with me in this 
work, both editorial writers and correspondents. 
Also my deep expression of appreciation goes out to 
the force in the back shop, who have done much in 
the way of helpful suggestion to make the publica- 
tions what they are. 

New Year — New Building — New Inspiration 

We trust that these words express just what will 
be the force of the urge that will drive us on to a 
deeper appreciation of our task. You have been help- 
ful in the erection of the new building, in that you 
have come to our assistance with your offerings. 
Now January rolls around again and the time for 
the Publication Offering has been set as of January 
25th. How much will you send us again this year to 
help liquidate the debt on this new building? Brother 
Ronk will tell you about it in next issue of The Evan- 
gelist. But let me say right here and now that we 
solemnly promise again this year that NOT ONE 


Please notify the Subscription Department of The 
Evangelist when you move. Ofttimes your Evangelist 
does not reach you when you move. If it does not— 
notify us of your change of address. The Evangelist 
goes out at the cheaper mailing rate, which does not 
cause it to be forwarded to your new address with- 
out notification and the sending of additional 

Help us to keep it coming to you without inter- 
ruption by telling us when and where you .move. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

T^e Church 
and Her Jlltar 

Rev. Floyd Sibert 

In Old Testament times, the altar, the priest, and 
the sacrifice were inseparable. If we want to place 
the idea of the altar in the Christian church, we 
must be ever conscious of these two things : 

sides at our heavenly altar. "We have such an high 
priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of 
the Majesty in the heavens ; a minister of the sanctu- 
ary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord 
pitched, and not man." 

after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, 
sat down on the right hand of God." 

TIAN'S TRYSTING PLACE ; the place of meeting 
where we, God's children, may present our three 
living sacrifices : (1) Ourselves, Rom. 12:1. (2) Our 
praise. Heb. 13:15. (3) Our gifts, Mai. 3:10. 

May we classify these prayer meetings in three 
groups: (1) Public prayer in the regular service of 
the church. (2) The mid-week prayer meetings. (3) 
The intercessory prayer groups. 

Public Pfctyer in the Regidar Services of the Church 

Someone has said, "We have lost the youthfulness 
of Christianity and have aged into calculating man- 
hood. We seldom pray in earnest for the extraordi- 
nary, the limitless, the glorious. We seldom pray 
with real confidence for any good to the realization 
of which we cannot imagine a way. And yet, we 
suppose ourselves to believe in an infinite Father. 
God said to Moses, "Speak unto the Children of 
Israel that they go forward," when only the Red Sea 
lay in front of them. He expected them to obey, even 
before they knew His miraculous provision. He ex- 
pects us to go forward, walking by faith where 
sight fails. He has glad and glorious surprises for 
every child of His who thus dares to trust Him. 

No act of worship is worth anything without 
prayer. To attend church without pi'aying is like 

sitting at a banquet without eating, or attending a 
familj'- reunion without talking. 

A prayer should be in every Christian's heart 
as he enters the sanctuary of the church. "Humble 
yourselves therefore, before the mighty hand of God, 
that He may exalt you in due time." The church is 
no place for self -examination. Each person should 
quietly seat himself, and look' to the Lord. The first 
prayer to be offered at the altar is for self. This is, 
indeed, well pleasing to God. Then, the petitioner 
should ask God's blessing on the service, on the min- 
ister, and on the listeners. There is so much to pray 
about in those few moments! Why will we waste 
them? We have things all turned around these days. 
We have our minds on one another, instead of on 
the Lord. We nod and smile right and left. We even 
visit during the organ prelude, when we ought to 
be praying. 

Praying is one thing that another cannot do for 
us. True, he can pray for us, but he can't do our 

When a brother leads the congregation in prayer, 
we should fellowship with him in prayer. My own 
prayer might be selfish. It might help a lot if I 
fellowship with the leader, and make his prayer 
my prayer. 

But, you say, perhaps the leader isn't very helpful. 
That is often true. The man who leads in public 
prayer is not expected to preach the sermon in his 
prayer. Neither is he to give a report to the Lord. 
Reports are to be given in private. The public 
prayer should not be too long. The place for such 
prayers is in secret where there is no danger of 
praying to be heard of men.. The public prayer is 
not a place for rhetorical expostulation, nor yet a 
place for glibly quoted Scripture. Christ said of 
such, "Verily I say unto you, they have their re- 
ward." Beware of hypocrisy. 

The Mid-Week Prayer Service 

The mid-week service is the twentieth century 
Upper Room. It is the place where the Holy Spirit 
has the greatest freedom. It is the meeting place of 
the choicest of saints. It is the place where the great- 
est battles are won. 

s January 3, 1942 

Again, this is not the place for long prayers, but 
for many prayers. Here prayer becomes an accept- 
able testimony. It is a spiritual exercise. The pastor 
should be the leader. Every person present should 
have a part in the service. An opportunity should 
be given to each one, children and adults, to find and 
read a verse of Scripture and to utter a short 
prayer. The mid-week service is the school where 
men learn to talk to God, and listen when He talks 
to them. 

Few churches, if any, have emerged from any 
other source than a prayer meeting. None have borne 
fruit without an oft-frequented altar of prayer. The 
prayer meeting is still the thermometer of the 
church. It is more than that. It is the power house. 

Intercessory Prayer Groups 

Jesus tells us to pray one for another. "That if 
two of you shall agree on earth as touching that they 
shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father 
which is in heaven." Christ's intercessory prayer 
carried the disciples through a crisis. Intercessory 
prayer freed Peter from prison. 

Praying may be equally effective when spoken 
audibly, when the words are spoken silently, or 
when the lips form no words at all. Forming words 
and speaking them is not the only exercise in prayer. 
The ears have their place. A praying man without 
listening ears may be heard for his much speaking 
but can never realize an answer. One of the greatest 
battles of prayer was won by a man who was, him- 
self, the prayer. He was God's man, and God knew 
what he needed and gave it. Elijah had listening 
ears. He heard the gushing, rushing, refreshing 
rain, before he saw a cloud. Such praying is ef- 
fective, refreshing, and fitting for any church 

Among other things, prayers of intercession 
should be offered for the unsaved ; for the weak and 
backslidden, for fellow workers; for the sorrowing 
and heartbroken ; for revival among the churches, 
and for deeper consecration among the brethren. 

"Every step in the forward progress of the 
progress of the church is directly traceable to 
prayer," says Dr. Arthur T. Pierson. "It has been 
the preparation of every new triumph and the secret 
of all success." 

JHe Family 

and Its Jlltar 

Wordsworth in his poem entitled. The Excursion, 
gives a picture of the Wanderer's religious home 
"among the hills of Athol," Scotland. His parents 
and their numerous offspring composed 

'A virtuous* household, though exceeding poor! 

Pure livers were they all, austere and grave, 

And fearing God ; the very children taught 

Stern self-respect, a reverence for God's Word, 

And an habitual piety, maintained 

With strictness scarcely known on English ground. 

Of the Cotter's Saturday Night composed by the 
well-known bard, Robert Burns in 1785, J. L. Rob- 
ertson appraises the historical value of the poem as 
well as its poetical merit by saying that it faithfully 
describe a phase of peasant life in Scotland which 
is fast disappearing. 

The Family 

In "The Cotter's Saturday Night" we learn that 
a guileless life in an humble cottage is far superior 
to an artificial life in more convenient surroundings. 
To such a lonely cottage the toil-worn farmer wends 
his weary course on a wintry November evening. 

Rev. C. y. Gil 


But all his cares are forgotten as he is greeted by 
thrifty wife and expectant children. Since it is Sat- 
urday evening the elder children drop in from their 
week's service among the farmers round about. 
"With joy unfeigned brothers and sisters meet," and, 
as they report the news of the countryside the 
mother prepares the clothing of the family for the 
Lord's Day and the father gives timely admonition. 
Here are the father's exhortations : 

"Their master's and their mistress's command. 
The youngsters all are warned to obey; 

And mind their labors with a diligent hand. 

And ne'er, though out of sight, to trifle or play: 
And oh, be sure to fear the Lord alway. 

And mind your duty, duly, moni and night! 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Lest in temptation's path you go astray, 
Implore His counsel and assisting might: 
They never sought in vain that sought the Lord 

When Jenny, woman-grown, has a young man 
caller, the anxious mother is glad that he is a neigh- 
bor lad of good leputation. The young couple are 
well content to enjoy the society of the entire family. 
How strangely different this from the ways of youth 
of today! There is no true love without proper 

The frugal wife serves a substantial supper to un- 
spoiled appetites. The poet then describes 

"The cheerful supper done, with serious face 
They round the fireplace form a circle wide; 

The sire turns o'er, with patriarchal grace, 
The big hall Bible, once his father's pride." 

This decent, sober head of a family introduces 
family worship by saying, "Let us worship God." 
After the family has tuned their hearts to some 
sacred hymn "the priest-like father reads from the 
sacred page." 

"Perhaps the Christian volume (N. T.) is the theme. 

How guiltless blood for guilty man was shed ; 
How He who bore in heaven the second name 

Had not on earth whereon to lay His head; 

How His first followers and servants sped ; 
The precepts sage they wrote to many a land : 

How he who lone in Patmos banished. 
Saw in the sun a mighty angel stand, 

And heard great Bab'lon's doom pronounced by 
Heaven's command." 

The priest-like father selected the sublimest parts 
of both "volumes," the Hebrew and the Christian. 
Now note: 

"Then kneeling down, to Heaven's Eternal King, 
The saint, the father, and the husband prays." 

The poet contends that in the family altar we find 
a pure and unadulterated religion. 

"Compared with this, how poor religion's pride. 

In all the pomp of method, and of art. 

When men display to congregations wide 
Devotion's ev'ry grace, except the heart!" 

Here, if anywhere, is heard "the language of the 
soul." And now, gentle reader, see the poet's appre- 
ciation of a scene like this : 

"From scenes like these old Scotland's grandeur 

That makes her lov'd at home, rever'd abroad : 
Princes and lords are but the breath of kings, 

'An honest man's the noblest work of God.' " 

Finally, the poet himself concludes with a prayer 
for his beloved country: 
"And oh ! May Heaven their simple lives prevent 

From luxury's contagion, weak and vile; 
Then, howe'er crowns and coronets be rent, 

A virtuous populace may rise the while, 
And stand a wall of fire around their much-loved 

(Vinco) Conemaugh, R. 1, Penn'a. 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a 
Ministry of Fiftg-five Years 


Following my second term of service on the Pa- 
cific Coast, we returned to the Miami Valley in 
southern Ohio. This time it was to serve the Miami 
Circuit of churches, composed of congregations at 
Bear Creek, Miamisburg, New Lebanon and Salem, 
or Clayton, as it is now known. In a former paper 1 
told my readers of the beginnings at the two places 
mentioned, and now at the beginning of this paper 
I want to speak of the two first mentioned herein. 

Twelfth in the Series 

Bear Creek was among the very first congrega- 
tions organized in this section of the state, and, next 
to Pleasant Hill, perhaps the very first. The names 
of people associated with the beginnings of this con- 
gregation were Abe Beeghly and wife, M. C. Kim- 
mel, wife and mother, Andrew Kimmel, Brother and 
Sister Reynolds, Marion Johns and wife and perhaps 
some others whom I did not learn to know. And I 
think that Elder P. J. BrowTi was largely concerned 
with the beginnings here. 

I knew all of these intimately and led them in 
evangelistic services late in the last century. Later 
it fell to me to officiate in connection of the last sad 
rites as their mortal remains were laid to rest in 
the cemetery which adjoined the church, and where 
my body is also to find its last resting place here on 
earth. The Kimmel funerals were very difficult for 
me, for I said then that I could have officiated at 

January 3, 1942 

my own father's funeral as easily as at the services 
when Mike and his mother were buried side by side 
on the same day, and later at the funeral of uncle 
Andy, as we called him. Others later were leaders 
in this fine group, among whom were Ezra Coler 
and Ida, and Israel Beeghly and Amy, who were all 
very close to my heart. Now all of this early group 
are gone, except Sister Coler, lately bereft of the 
husband who for many years was most active in 
the congregation. 

As the Dayton congregation grew, and the auto- 
mobile made it possible for country folks to attend 
services in the city, the surviving members of the 
group decided to cast their lot with the city church, 
and Bear Creek was abandoned. Now and for some 
years past, the splendid brick building has become a 
mausoleum, and within its walls and the cemetery 
adjoining, many of the people who once worshipped 
there find a resting place for their mortal remains. 
I never pass the building without thinking of some 
blessed occasions with which I was associated within 
its walls. It suffered the fate of many a country 
congregation since good roads and rapid locomotion 
came upon the scene. 

Another of the congregations which composed the 
Miami Circuit was the one called the Miamisburg 
church. This church was located five miles in the 
country, between Miamisburg and Springboro. It 
was very definitely a country church, organized and 
sei-ved for some years by Brother Edw. Mason. 
Three families were prominently associated with 
this congregation, a considerable number bearing 
the name of Early; several families bearing the 
name of Fox, and the Neible family. Among the 
Earlys was uncle John and his good wife and uncle 
Dav^d with his sons, Charley and Dave who, with 
their wives and children, made splendid material 
socially. This is fundamentally essential to the or- 
ganization of any kind of group. 

This was the church home of aunt Lydia Fox, 
whose maiden name was Early, and whose initial 
gift of $5,000 led finally to the establishing of The 
Brethren's Home at Flora, Indiana. This congrega- 
tion was also the church home of Dan Beachler 
whose son, William H., of lamented memory, was 
later so well known and greatly loved by many 
thousands in the denomination. 

The congregation passed through various stages, 
never finding it possible to support a pastor who 
could give it a full time service. It was however 
served by such men as Edw. Mason, and Dr. J. M. 
Tombaugh, who were towers of strength in the 
pulpit. Tombaugh especially served it as pastor for 
quite a number of years, in connection with services 
given to other groups at Bear Creek and Fairview. 
He continued to serve even in connection with his 
service as president of Ashland College. But in spite 

of the services which such men gave, and in spite 
of the consistent lives of the membership, the con- 
gregation grew weaker as time went on, and finally 
suffered the fate of so many of the country congre- 
gations. The older folks died, and many of the 
younger folks sought and found positions in the 
cities, and at last all effort to maintain the work 
ceased, and the congregation disbanded. The prop- 
erty was sold, and the Miamisburg Brethren Church 
was no more. The few who are left have either 
found church homes elsewhere or have held their 
membership as Christians intact in their homes. 
The Fox sisters, Dave Early and his wife, Lewis 
Null and wife Esther, and perhaps a few others are 
all that remain of a once active Brethren church. 

My heart is heavy with sorrow as I recall the 
great services which were held in these two congre- 
gations, in which I participated, and above them I 
would raise a monument bearing the inscription 
from Holy Writ, "Blessed are the dead which die in 
the Lord. They rest from their labors and their 
works do follow them." 

Two congi'egations remain of what once consti- 
tuted the Miami Circuit — New Lebanon and Salem. 
In a former paper I told at some length about the 
beginnings of the work at both points, a work in 
which the Lord permitted me to have some part. 
Recently it was my privilege to attend the annual 
Rally Day and Home Coming service at New Leba- 
non, this being my fifteenth annual visit made upon 
such an occasion. This time it was to have a part in 
the installation of a new pastor in the person of 
Clayton Berkshire. 

It will matter little if there should ever be a 
marker above the grave in which my body shall 
rest, for just inside the door of the church there is 
a bronze tablet inscribed to me by the Adult Men's 
Bible Class of the New Lebanon Church, telling 
something of my relation to the congregation there. 

The New Lebanon church stands as a monument 
to the devotion of such men as Frank Weaver, Christ 
Snider, George Hepner and others who gave it their 
undivided support and effort in the days when it 
was young. I cannot but believe that when they and 
those who like them, stand before Him whom they 
served so faithfully. He will say to them, or has 
already so said, "Well done, thou good and faithful 
servant, thou has been faithful, enter into the joy of 
thy Lord." 

Beginning with a membership of four it was my 
privilege to lead into baptismal waters 64 persons 
at New Lebanon, and most of those who survive 
are faithful members of the church at this time. I 
thank God that He would use me thus. 

The church at Salem is one year older than the 
one at New Lebanon, and while it does not have so 


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fruitful a field, it too has been used by the Lord in 
bringing blessing to the community which it serves. 
One thing I remember especially associated with the 
church there is a Sunday School which was super- 
intended by Brother Hariy Patterson, whose service 
was among the most outstanding of any in my expe- 
rience. He had originality and initiative which made 
his service among the best I have ever known. He 
was especially successful in and with the little folks, 
and it was but natural that he should have a school 
which was outstanding. He has long since gone home, 
and others have succeeded him as leaders and work- 
ers and the congregation continues to serve. It was 
my blessed privilege to administer the rite of Chris- 
tian baptism to 56 persons here. 

The four congregations which constituted this cir- 
cuit had Dayton at their center. Miamisburg was 
fourteen miles south, and reached by trolley and pri- 
vate conveyance. Bear Creek was six miles west, 
and New Lebanon ten miles west from Dayton, and 
both reached by trolley car. Salem was fourteen 
m'les northwest from Dayton, also reached by trolley 
car. Bear Creek and Miamisburg had services on the 
same day, and the other two on the succeeding Lord's 
Day, and such services in connection with evangel- 
istic services, all conducted by the pastor, fully occu- 
pied his time. The two years during which we served 
this circuit ended, and next we entered the work at 
Masontown, Pa., about which I shall write in my 
next article, if the Lord wills. 



Since the Annual Conference number of The 
Evangelist has gone out. Conference Secretary, Dr. 
L. E. Lindower, has received at least one additional 
ministerial name and address. This addition appears 
below. It is set up in such a manner that if you de- 
sire you may clip and paste in your annual number. 
From time to time, if there are changes in pastor- 
ates or addresses among the ministers, we shall be 
glad to print such names and addresses as are neces- 
sary to keep your "year book" up-to-date. Each time 
these names will appear in such form that will make 
the changes easily made. 

Add the following name to your present annual: 

Swihart, Wayne 

Ashland, Ohio 

306 College Avenue 

Ripley Congiegational Church 

Greenwich, Ohio 

It is our purpose to keep such addresses before 
you that are necessary to you for intelligent corre- 
spondence with Boards and Board members. So if 
your address is changed, please notify the Editor 
of the Brethren publications and proper correction 
will be made through The Evangelist. 


(To be used in connection with the Sunday 
School Lessons.) 


M. The Messiah promised. Isaiah 11:1-5 
T. The Messiah's purpose. Matthew 1:1, 

17, 21 
W. The Messiah proclaimed. Luke L:l-4 
T. The Messiah's Preaching. Mark 1:1, 

14, 15 

F. The Messiah's power. Mark 2:1-12 

S. The Messiah's promise. Acts 1:1-5 

S. The Messiah's plan. Matthew 28:18- 


M. The Saviour in prophecy. Isaiah 9: 

T. The Saviour born. Matthew 1:18-25 
W. The Saviour identified. Luke 2:25-35 
T. The Saviour acclaimed. Matthew 2: 


F. Jesus' normal boyhood. Luke 2:41-52 
S. Jesus' early training. Isaiah 7:10-16 
S. Jesus to be worshiped. Hebrews 1:1-9 


M. John prepares the way for Jesus. 

Luke 3:1-6 
T. John exalts Jesus. Luke 3:15-18 
W. John baptizes Jesus. Matthew 3:13-" 


T. The baptism of repentance. Mark 1: 

F. The baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 

.S. Christian Baptism. Acts 2:37-41 

S. The promise of the Holy Spirit. Joel 


M. The temptation of Jesus. Matthew 4: 

T. Jesus vanquishes the tempter. Luke 

4:1-13 ? 

W. The temptation in Eden. Genesis 3: 

T. Why resist temptation. I Peter 5:6-11 
F. Possibilities in perils of temptation. 

James 1:12-15 
S. . Flirting with temptation. I Cor. 10: 

S. Help in temptation. Hebrews 2:9-18 


M. Jesus calls disciples. Matthew 4:18- 

T. Called to follow. Mark 1:16-20 
W. Called to serve Luke 5:1-11 
T. The cost of discipleship. Luke 14:25- 

F. Jesus teaches his disciples. Matthew 

S. Jesus commands his disciples. Mark 

S. The need for workers. John 4:31-39 

January 3, 1942 

The Brethren and the W 


Dr. Charles A. Bame 

(The following article was written before the U. S. was forced into the present world conflict.) 

Almost the surest observation one can make about 
this war situation is that no one can speak for 
anyone else. Some of us are glad that we are not 
inclined to do so. Absolute silence is the position of 
some who do not have definite convictions. It is 
none too safe to "stick the neck out," to use what once 
would have been considered a vulgar phrase. Yet 
there are some things which even Brethren can do 
and perhaps help other Christians to do if they have 
the courage. 

Perhaps this very day, our neutrality (if it has 
been that) is to be discarded. Political fences have 
been broken down and strange surprises have been 
the order of the day on this subject showing that 
even our legislators are more or less confused ; this 
is proven by their conduct in both major political 
camps. Our status is all very confusing to all kinds 
of leadership. 

The outstanding proof of our democracy to date 
to me, is the present set up with regard to the con- 
sciences of the pacifists and the non-combatants. 
The present "political-powers-that-be" have shown 
more regard for the consciences of those who oppose 
war than any heretofore, if I know. Still, that state- 
ment may be too strong. It may be that they have 
simply provided better for it. Be that as it may, it 
would seem that much of the harshness of other 
countries and regimes toward the peace-loving peo- 
ples is to be averted by the non-combatant camps af- 
forded to men who will not take up arms. Peace 
peoples can remind others of that, for one thing. 

The President himself discerned in that fashion : 
it may be indeed because of the alertness of certain 
peace-lovers in keeping close to him and the very 
apparent humanitarianism of the President and his 
wife may be back of this kindliness, compassion or 
Christianity. He himself discerned between the posi- 
tion of the Christian as such and his conduct as a 
member of the citizenry. Which of us is not contin- 
ually forced to do things we desire not to do by the 
simple force of unavoidable situations? 

It should not be expected that a nation among the 
family of nations could be able to carry forward its 
existence trying to live by the principle of the 
Golden Rule until all its citizens and all other na- 
tions were pledged, by a rule stronger than any 
known to be practiced by man, could be evoked to 
enforce it and then it would be no longer democracy 

nor Christian. In other words, a Christian has a 
dual relationship recognized by the Master when He 
said : "Render to Caesar the things that are Cae- 
sar's and unto God the things that are God's." Or, 
.as a Christian, one has certain duties that may be 
modified by his responsibility to the country of 
which he is a citizen. It is because of this that mercy 
and grace must be evoked to cover our weaknesses 
and failures. 

Another thing Brethren and Christians can do 
is to stop pretending they are the guardians of the 
national policy in a secular world. They are "not of 
this world" and are not to love the things of the 
world. They are the guardians of their own consci- 
ences and of the heritage of other Christian heroes 
and pledged to the promotion of the Kingdom of God 
on earth. Their guardianship is for eternal and 
other-worldly policies. If to this they be true, they 
will surely be respected as they have been recently 
in this most wonderful of all nations in the world's 
history. In some countries this has been lost, alas! 
I wonder if it was not lost at this very point: du- 

Then, Brethren can cry out against atrocities and 
slaughter. Only shortly since, we decried the sense- 
less slaughter of the innocent women and children. 
Lately, one does not hear much about it. Have we 
forgotten? Has it become more righteous because it 
is forgotten almost altogether by every fighting 
country? Will it be forgotten also, as soon (if we do) 
as we get into it? How frail and forgetful we have 
become! Any man (moreso the Christian) should 
rather die himself than to become the agent of such 
ruthless and pagan atrocities. Yet how can it be 
avoided if we sanction the necessity of modem 
methods of warfare? Universality can not make it 

Once more, Brehtren can become leaders in the 
movments that look toward merciful and sane treat- 
ment of the wounded, the helpless and hungry, and 
in the humanities in times of modern warfare. They 
need not be mentioned. They cry out to us contin- 
ually and loudly. 

Finally, Brethren can keep their hands and hearts 
clean so that they may be the first heralds and 
spokesmen for peace. This of course, should be true 
of all Christianity. Stability, democracy, perma- 


The Brethren Evange! 

nency, Christianity — for all are challenged more 
than we casually think — are to be desired more than 
ever when the smoke of battles has cleared away. 
If we have been in the fight, we can not be umpires. 
If our skirts have been tarnished with the blood of 
our fellowmen, we can not arbitrate. Raw materials 
must be made available so all may live, equable dis- 
tribution of necessities must be practiced as it has 
since 1918; high tariff walls must be torn down and 
society must be cleared of its paganism and idolatry, 
now becoming more of an issue than for a thousand 

Withal, we can not do this alone nor even with the 
lielp of all sympathizing Christians. We need the 
help of God. We need to implore Him, and study 

to know His will; and moreover, be courageo 
enough to follow our consciences in all our con\ 
tions against this ungodly and hateful thing that 
call war. By no means can one justify war as 
method of progress. If it was ever dreamed to be 
how could it now, after what has been done to 
stroy heritages and all that has had to be done 1 
all art, architecture and precious documents be 
stroyed in this present holocaust ? War wastes ; pej 
saves. War tears down; peace builds up. War li' 
on hate; peace lives on love. War breaks famili 
peace creates them. War comes of lust : peace con 
of mastery. Let us have peace ! Let us preach pea 
Let us pray for peace. Peace is God's way. 

Cleveland, Ohio. 

oil. W. I. DUKER 




The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 

t. ■.. MILLER 


General Secretary 


Rev. N. V. Leatherman 

Teachers teach when some one is taught by their 
teaching efforts. This is true in the sacred as well 
as in the secular field. And please, teacher, do not 
despair whenever it seems no one or some of your 
class is not tanght. It is often true that you teach 
more than you may know. Remember too, that to 
teach you must have pupils, learners, and that it is 
altogether possible to have folks sit there before you 
who are neither pupils nor learners. This experience 
may not be so unusual as some may at first conclude. 
You may have pupils who can grasp very readily 
every intellectual concept of the lesson, and do much 
talking about it even; but who are so spiritually 
ignorant, irresponsible, and irresponsive, that when 
the class is over they will go out the same kind of 
creature as when they came into the class room. 
This may sound harsh ; but spiritual teachers must 
be realists, too. Besides many teachers become dis- 
couraged when their results are not too promising. 
Remember the multitude left our Lord when He 
presented Himself to them as the bread of heaven 
saying, "This is an hard saying. Who can hear it?" 
You must be prepared, like your Lord, to take such 

The other side of this picture the evidences you 
will see as a result of your faithful teaching. Unless 
you have a very unusual class you will see response 
to the spiritual concepts you seek to plant. Remem- 
ber in the parable of the Sower there were the four 
kinds of soil, and that even the good soil brought 

forth variant results : some 30 per cent ; some 
percent, and some 100 per cent yield. While ev( 
faithful teacher knows the result may be variant, 
must ever keep as our objective the 100 per ce 
yield or harvest. 

Much has been said relative to the qualificati( 
of a good teacher. We remember an occasion wl 
we were emphasizing these qualifications in a Si 
day School Institute and one teacher afterward ca 
forward and expressed her discouragement and c 
paragement of ever becoming a good Sunday Sch 
teacher. Do we hold the standard too high ? We hi 
thought much about this. We believe we have i 
held the standard too high ; but that we have mj 
it too complex, too confusing, whereas we ought 
have been making that standard clear, plain, s 
simple. There was just one qualification that mad 
disciple an Apostle. He must have been with i 
Lord during His ministry, and a witness to thii 
which He said and did. While we will never 
apostles in this sense, nor by any other sense, thi 
is something akin to the teacher, in this experien 
There is one good qualification of every good Sunc 
School teacher that is fundamental to every oth 
No teacher can teach Christ who does not KNC 
HIM. And a knowledge of and love for Jesus Chi 
will go a long way to fill in the gap of our ma 
other short-comings and lack. By emphasizing 
general knowledge we have failed many times 
centralize on Christ. Paul said he determined 
know nothing else than Jesus Christ and Him c: 
cified. Doubtless if we had this same determinat; 
we would be much more successful as teachers th 
we now are. No qualification should ever suppls 
this one. 

January 3, 1942 


A teacher begins to teach when the pupil is inter- 
jsted. We mean interested in God and the things of 
jod, and not just entertained for a spell. Pure secu- 
arism consumes too much of the lives of the people 
is it is. Certainly there is no time in our teaching 
program of the church to culture secular interests. 
3ut the things of God are in themselves the most in- 
:eresting things that can be addressed to the minds 
and hearts of our pupils. It will take a lifetime and 
eternity to pursue the golden text of the Bible, John 
3:16, and view all of its holy avenues of interest. 
Every Scripture lesson should be interpreted by 
that text directly and indirectly. But the teacher, 
yes the church, must be careful in the use of it, lest 
it become a mere jingle, or a tinkling cymbal to the 

Interest is stimulated by doing. No class or indi- 
vidual is much interested in God or the things of 
God, where holy action is not stimulated into doing 
the will of God. Children should be taught God de- 
lights to hear them sing — He does — and that when 
they sing they are doing His will and pleasing Him. 
They should be taught that God wants them to store 
His Word up in their hearts, that they might not 
sin against Him. Young people and older folks as 
well, should constantly be taught stewardship, 
church attendance, prayer, Bible study, personal 
evangelism, teaching, and Christian service of many 
varieties is doing the will of God. Idle lives are dis- 
interested lives. Busy lives are interested lives. 
Remember how Jesus said to His mother at the age 
of twelve, "Wist ye not, that I must be about My 
Father's business." The interest of the Scripture, 
and its intent also, is to set us all about our Father's 
business. Let the teacher direct this work and pupils 
will be taught. The parable of the two foundations 
informs us that the wise man was the one who heard 
and DID what he heard. The foolish man, just heard. 
A wise teacher will help provide for intelligent and 
spiritual doing. Hearing is only half the business. 
The disciples were commissioned to GO, to TEACH, 
to BAPTIZE. Certainly baptism was one of the first 
principles to result in action from their teaching. 
The wisdom of this method of teaching has never 
been surpassed. It is this method by which the Lord 
Himself has made His church. It just can't be beat. 
GO, TEACH, DO. This is the Lord's way. May it 
become marvelous in our experience. 

Berlin, Pa. 


We have begun to move the Publishing House 

and it is quite some task. It will take time. 

PLEASE be patient with us for a few weeks. 

After that your papers will be on time. 

The Brethren Emphasis 



George S. Baer, Chairman of the Committee. 

As previously announced, we are expecting to have 
the Brethren Emphasis Program material ready for 
distribution by the middle of January. The Publish- 
ing House is now at work on the printing job. The 
six lessons will be printed in booklet form similar 
to the "Woman's Outlook" in size and number of 
pages. We are hoping the churches and Sunday 
Schools are planning to introduce these lessons in 
their programs the first of February and continue 
for six successive weeks. They represent much hard 
work on the part of your committee and we believe 
they will prove a real blessing to those who make 
good use of them as study helps in the Sunday 
School, just as you do your regular lessons. We 
suggest that you drop the regular lessons for six 
weeks and use these. But if you prefer make use of 
them in some other way — at the mid-week prayer 
meeting, or at a Sunday afternoon study, or Sunday 
evening with the entire church meeting at the Chris- 
tian Endeavor hour — you are at liberty to use them 
in the way that seems best to your local leadership. 
However, we urge that you make your plans with a 
view to touching the largest possible number of 
people, and to making the studies as intensive and 
effective as possible. Make tJiorough preparation. 

Already a number of orders are in the hands of 
the Publishing House but we ought to have orders 
from every church in the Brotherhood in the next 
ten days or two weeks. As we said in our previous 
communication, the National Conference failed to 
make an appropriation for the printing of these les- 
sons, so we are asking the churches and Sunday 
schools to cooperate in financing them by sending 
money with order, at the rate of 10 cents per copy. 
If impossible to send money with order the charge 
will be 12 cents per copy, the extra two cents to take 
care of the bookkeeping and the mailing of invoices. 
One small church has ordered 75 copies and has sent 
money with order. Another church has said an order 
would soon be forthcoming. And a prominent lay- 
man has written the chairman of the committee of 
his appreciation of the outline of subjects to be stud- 
ied. Send all orders and money to the Brethren Pub- 
lishing Company at Ashland, Ohio. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Our Children's Department 


Dear Children: 

When the merchants had bought Joseph, they took him on 
their long-, long journey. He was treated kindly and though 
he was sad and lonely, he must have seen many things to 
interest him as they traveled on. At last they came to Egypt, 
a wonderful country over which a king ruled, whose name 
was Pharaoh. He was very rich and powerful and had many 
soldiers. One of his officers was named Potiphar and when 
Joseph reached Egypt, he was sold to this man. He must 
have greatly missed his home and his father who so greatly 
loved him. But he still tried to do right and to please God, 
as he had always done, and God blessed him, for He made his 
master very kind. 

At first Joseph was given simple things to do, as he was 
only a boy of seventeen, but as he always did everything so 
well, his master trusted him more and more. When he grew 
older, he was placed over all the other servants, and the 
Bible tells us that Potiphar saw that God was with him and 
that all he did was well done. 

God blessed Potii)har because Josph was with him. But 
after a time some one who did not like Joseph, told Potiphar 
that he had done something wrong, which was not true. Poti- 
phar was very angry when he heard this and put Joseph 
in prison. Joseph must have found this very hard to bear, 
when he knew that he had done nothing wrong, but he tried 
even in prison to please God. Soon the jailer found that he 
could trust Joseph, so he gave him work to do and at last 
placed all the other prisoners in his charge. 

Some of the king's servants were in prison and one night 
one of them had a dream. He was troubled and asked Joseph 
if he could tell him what it meant. Joseph said that perhaps 
God would help him to tell the meaning. When the sei-vant 
told his dream, Joseph said that it meant that in three days 
he would be taken out of prison and would again serve the 
king. "Then won't you please remember me," he asked, "and 
tell the king I did no wrong and beg him to take me out of 

Sure enough in just three days the king gave a large 
party on his birthday and sent for his servant who was in 
Ijrison and let him serve him again. But, children, he forgot 
all about Joseph and did not ask the king to help him. 

For two moi'e long years Joseph had to stay in prison. 
Then the king had a dream and though he asked all the wise 
men, no one could tell him what it meant. At last the servant 
who had known Joseph came to him and said, "0 king, when 
I was in prison, I had a dream and a young man named 
Joseph told me its meaning. What he said all came true. He 
begged me to ask you to help him but I forgot all about it 
until now. I think this man might tell you what your dream 

The king sent quickly for Joseph and as soon as he had 
washed and put on fresh clothing, he came before the king. 
Pharaoh asked if he could tell what his dream meant and 
Joseph replied, "I cannot help you, but God will tell you its 

Then the king told his dream and Joseph said that it meant 
that there would be seven years of plenty in Egypt, when 
there would be a great deal of corn and other grains, more 
than people needed. But afterwards there would come seven 
years of famine when nothing would grow and it would be 
hard to get food. The king asked what should be done. 

Joseph answered, "Choose some wise man who shall go 
about the country and see that corn is put into great store- 
houses during the seven years when there is plenty, so that 
the people may have food when the famine comes." 

The king and all his people thought this a very good plan 
and, children, whom do you suppose was chosen to do this 
great work? Yes, he chose Joseph, because he felt that 
Joseph was wise and knew just what to do. He knew that 
God was with Joseph. 

Then, children, Pharaoh gave Joseph his own ring and put 
beautiful clothes upon him and a gold chain about his neck. 
And he made him ride in a chariot, or beautiful cari-iage, 
right behind his own and all the people bowed low when they 
saw him. Wasn't that a wonderful change for Joseph; from 
being shut up in prison, he became the greatest man in all 
Egypt except the king! I think God blessed him and made 
him great because whether he was at home with his father 
or a slave in prison, he always tried to do what was right. 
With love, in Christ's name 

Aunt Loretta. 

January 3, 1942 


daughter of Mrs. Elmer Sleppy, became the bride of Glenn 
Shellenberger, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shellenberg'er. 
The wedding took place at the First Brethren Church Par- 
sonage November 24, at 7:30 P. M., and the single ring cer- 
emony was used. We wish for these two God's richest blessing 
and look foi-ward to many years of active service from them 
in the Church of Christ. Mr. Shellenberger, one of the stew- 
ards of the church, has held this office for six years. 

Earn Adams. 

SCISCOE-APPLEGATE. Sister Martha Sciscoe and Mr. 
Chai'les Applegate wei'e united in the bonds of holy matri- 
mony by the undersigned, at the parsonage. A host of well- 
wishing friends speed the young married people on their new 
journey in life. George H. Jones. 

CONNERS-OSBORN. Brother Kenneth Osborn, a mem- 
ber of one of our most loyal families was wedded to Miss 
Muriel Conners of Royerton, Ind., on Hallowe'en by the 
writer. May the riches of a godly home be the best furnish- 
ings our young brother takes with him in the establishment 
of a home of his own. A host of good wishes were showered 
upon the young people at the wedding supper that followed. 

George H. Jones. 



The Young People's Christian Endeavor Society of the 
First Brethren Church of Goshen, Indiana, elected the fol- 
lowing officers and committee chairmen for the new year: 

President, Zovelda Goodrich. 

Vice President, Genevieve Warner. 

Secretai-y-Treasurer, Mary Miller. 

The following committees were selected: Membership — 
Mary Miller, Ora Baer; Hospitality — Marie Baer; Bible Read- 
ing — Jean Rowsey; Devotional — Genevieve Warner; Social — 
Helen Kester; Publicity — John Baer, Jr.; Building Fund — 
Lodema Hamilton. 

The Christian Endeavor joined the other youth groups of 
the church in presenting the Sunday evening service on 
November 30th, with Dr. M. P. Puterbaugh, of Ashland 
College, as the speaker. 

Our Christian Endeavor is planning a party for December 
10th for the purpose of celebrating "Mother Clark's" 91st 
birthday, and Christian Endeavor's 60th anniversary. The 
money from this party is to be used for round-the-world 
work of Christian Endeavor. 

I am hoping that when this article appears in The Evan- 
f/elUt it will be an incentive for other Christian Endeavor 
societies to write of their work and activities. 
SinCErely yours, 

Mary Miller. 

The Editor of The Evangelist likewise trusts that there 
may come to his desk many other reports of our Christian 
Endeavorer's "doings" and that we may tmly have a Chris- 
tian Endeavor Page that will be worth while in reports and 

Among the Churches 

Post Card PubUcity 


Sunday, December 21, was a good day at Vinco. Gifts at 
the church altar were as follows: $38.23, White Gift; $29.99, 
church treasury; $357, Building Fund, making a total of 
$42.5.22. Santa Claus did not get all of the people's money. 
The Lord got His Christmas, too. The pastor was given a 
Christmas gift of $41 through the Sunday School in addition 
to an increase in salary given by the church in our December 
business meeting. We had a full house to enjoy the Christ- 
mas pageant in the evening, which was sponsored by our 
young people's prayer band and choir. Thirty-two young 
people, all affiliated with the church, took part in the 
pageant and chorus. Clarence Y. Gilmer. 


The Brethren Berean Band observed Thanksgiving in the 
Lathrop Brethren Church on November 28th. The church 
was filled. The meeting was in the nature of a delicious tur- 
key dinner, thanks to the efforts of the cook-chairman, Mrs. 
Florence Wolfe and her helpers, and was held in the base- 
ment of the church. 

Mrs. Harold Detling, president of the Bereans, had charge 
of the program and gave a warm welcome to everyone. "In 
the Sweet By and By," "Into My Heart," were choruses 
sung, with accompaniment on the accordion by Mrs. Rosalie 
Depriest. Everyone was then asked to join in the Lord's 

After dinner we assembled upstairs and were led through 
several more choruses by our song leader, Howard Crum. 
Following a duet by Elsie Johnson and Cecilia Smith, Paul 
Larson sang a solo. A feature of the evening was the gavel 
and pin, with the B. B. B. insignia, which was presented to 
the past president, Lester Schmeidt, from the Bereans in 
appreciation for his past services. The presentation was made 
by Harold Detling. 

It was a great pleasure and a privilege to have with us 
again Brother Paul Hubbard and his wife. Mr. Hubbard 
delivered the sermon of the evening and his simple message 
and emphasis on many Scriptures was much enjoyed by 

Mrs. Ella Mae Johnson then favored us with a solo. The 
closing prayer was offered by Rev. J. Wesley Piatt, which 
ended our institute of precious fellowship. 

Mrs. Nora Liddicoat, Sec. of B. B. B. 


After three happy years with these congregations, we 
closed our work here September 1st. Never in our ministry 
have we been treated better than these fine people did. It 
was not easy to break away, but we felt the call to move on 
to where we would have one congregation in place of two. 
We were pleased to turn this work into the care of our good 
friend and brother, C. C. Grisso, who is already getting 
into the hearts of a very likeable people. May the Lord be 
with them to the winning of many precious souls in the years 
to come. 


The Brethren EvangelisI 


We came dii'ect to these people from the General Confer- 
ence, and from the beginning they have made us feel that 
we are at home here. Brother L. V. King had done everything 
possible to make our coming a happy one before he left for 
his new work at Ashland. It is a pleasure to follow men who 
are pastors in every sense of the word, and leave the field 
in extra fine shape for the man who follows. 

On a Wednesday night, soon after we arrived, we were 
told following the prayer meeting, that we were wanted in 
the church parlors. There we found a most useful "shower" 
for the pastor and family, together with a very timely pro- 
gram. Such experiences of love and interest are always wel- 
comed by this preacher, so this one was greatly appreciated. 

We planned for and had our Home Coming on Sunday, 
October 26th. It was fitting to have as our guest speaker for 
the day, a former ijastor of these people, Reverend J. Ray 
Klingensmith. He spoke in the afternoon hour and at the 
evening hour he showed the very fine lot of pictures which 
he has taken as he goes about his work as General Secretary 
of our Brethren Missionary Board. The day also served as 
the beginning of our two weeks of revival services. Reverend 
and Mrs. Harry E. Richer, of Peru, Indiana, were with us 
during this campaign and in charge of the music. As we 
write this they are beginning a two weeks pre-Christmas 
revival with our Brethren at Muncie.) The pastor did the 
preaching. This was the eighth time we had worked together 
with the Richers. The visible results were nine baptized 
and received into the church membership. We have made 
some contacts which we trust may lead to others coming 

Some progress has been made since coming here, and other 
plans for the future make it challenging for some months to 
come. A new furnace has been installed in the parsonage 
and plans are completed for putting hardwood floors in the 
parsonage also. A new furnace will also be installed in the 
church as soon as delivei-y can be made. In the face of all 
these repairs the Oakville congregation has come through 
with a very fine Thanksgiving Offering for Home Missions. 

For every good thing, we thank the Lord and pray that 
He may have His will and way with us as we labor With 
Him. S. M. Whetstone. 

Oakville, Indiana 


Program Presented at Yoder Mission Circle 

"Love and Friendship" was the theme of the November 
meeting of the Yoder Mission Circle of the First Brethren 
Church, held in the social rooms of the Sunday School Mon- 
day evening with Mrs. John E. Keplinger as the leader. 

The program opened with the call to worship by the gi-oup 
and Scripture reading by Mrs. Roland Stoddard. 

Mrs. Lawrence M. Johns told the story of "Love, the Pass- 
word to the Garden of Happy Life," in a most interesting 
manner. Mrs. Jack Beard gave the Bible study on John Mark. 
Other mission topics were given by Mrs. John L. Carnochan 
and Miss Charlotte Minnich. 

Mrs. M. B. Ridenour and Miss Katherine Adams rendered 
an appropriate vocal duet, accompanied by Mrs. Keplinger. 
In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, Mrs. Wilbur Stouf- 
fer recited the histoi->' of Thanksgiving and Mrs. Edwin 
Boardman, Jr., gave several impressive Thanksgiving read- 

The special feature of the evening was the story of the 
"Development of Heat and Light Thriugh the Centuries," 
By Mr. Ridenour. 

Mrs. Stoddard presided at the brief business session when 
booklets were presented to each member outlining the year's 
programs. Progress was reported by the Christmas play 

Indications point to the Christmas pageant as being one 
of the most outstanding Christmas stories ever to be pre- 
sented at the church. 

Refreshments were served by the hostess, Mrs. Ernest 


Amid mystery and merriment, the Berean Class of the 
First Brethren Church, taught by Mrs. Brayden Ridenour, 
closed the Hallowe'en activities Monday evening when they 
entertained their class and had as their guests members of 
the Young Men's Class taught by Mr. Brayden Ridenour. 

The social rooms of the Sunday School were decked out 
in festive attire in keeping with the season. 

The program opened with the usual guess identity game, 
with prizes being awarded to Miss Katherine Adams for 
guessing correctly the greatest number of characters jiresent. 
The grand parade of personages followed, including in the 
review, old fashioned girls, gay nineties costumes, page girl, 
Aunt Jemimas, Chinamen, a lion man, the Lone Ranger and 
a colored parson. Mrs. Ridenour, Earl Lee McCauley, Ei-nest 
Lindsay and Lloyd Moser acted as judges and prizes were 
awarded to Mrs. Robert Ovelman for the most elaborate; 
Robert Ovelman the most comic, and Ernest P. Wolfe, the 
most original impersonation of Deacon Jones. 

The girls' ghost parade game was won by Orville H. 
Myers and the boys' ghost parade by Mrs. Robert Ovelman. 
Mrs. Wilbur Stouffer was the winner of the corn contest. 
The witch, impersonated by Miss Ethel Myers, foretold 
humorous fortunes for each one present. The entertainment 
closed with the singing of Hallowe'en pep songs led by Mrs. 
Ridenour and Rev. Edwin Boardman, Jr., after which re- 
freshments were sei-ved. The social committee in charge of 
the party was composed of Mesdames Clyde Martin, Ernest 
Wolfe, Henry Martin, Lloyd Moser, Misses Ethel Myers and 
Charlotte Minnich. 


We are glad to report to the Brotherhood the good things 
that our Heavenly Father has gnranted. We appreciate very 
deeply the interest, the prayers, and the gifts that have 
come in from the Brethren. Like Samuel at Ebenezer, we 
can truly say it is "hither by Thy help we have come." 

After the former church house was destroyed by fire on 
May 30, we held our services for four months in the gospel 
tent of the Mission Board of the Brethren Church. 
Brother J. Ray Klingensmith held us a very helpful two 
weeks' meeting in the tent. The visible results were sixteen 
candidates for baptism. Of these, ten became affiliated with 
the Vinco congi-egation and two others were added by letter. 
Since that time two more have been added by baiitism. 
We now have an active membership of 125 members. 

Due to the fall weather we had to abandon the use of the 
tent and we held our Sunday School for two months in five 
homes of the village. Our preaching sei-vices were conducted 
in one of these homes. This was quite a handicap to our work, 
but we carried on. On Sunday, November 30, we held our 
first sei-vice in the basement of the new church. This was 
just six months after the destruction of our former building. 
Incidentally, our last service in the old church was held in 
the basement as the auditorium was undergoing repairs at 
that time. All of our red letter day events such as rally day 
have been deferred until we could occupy the basement quar- 

January 3, 1942 


ters of the new church. The basement unit has been made 
commodious, comfortable and beautiful. 

The stone case work and all the outside construction ex- 
cept two sets of steps have been completed. The inside of the 
auditorium will be plastered and finished during the winter 
months. The heating system is in operation. The stained 
glass windows are being installed at this writing. A large 
new bell has been placed in the stone tower. 

The means for the construction for the Lord's house at 
Vinco has been coming in. Some have wondered what defi- 
nite gift they might present to the Lord in this house. The 
beautiful "Elkhart Design" for the pews which our Rev. J. 
Ray Klingensmith planned for the new pews for our church 
at Elkhart, Indiana, was chosen by our building committee. 
We suggest that any church, auxiliary or individaul wishing 
to donate one of these pews may send thirty-five dollars to 
Brother Charles G. Lenhart, R. 1, Conemaugh Pa. Brethren, 
we are grateful and desire to remain humble in the midst 
of God's kindness to His children. 

Clarence Y. Gilmer, Pastor. 

R. 1., Conemaugh, Pa. 


On Wednesday evening, of November 26, the Young Peo- 
ple of the Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, entertained the 
Miami Valley Brethren Young People. There were 103 pres- 
ent from the five churches represented: Dayton, Gratis, 
New Lebanon, West Alexandria and Pleasant Hill. Ministers 
present were: S. J. Adams, Clayton Berkshire, Virgil Meyer, 
Vernon Grisso and J. Ray Klingensmith, guest speaker. 

A reception committee received and labeled each coming 
g'uest after which the host church banqueted the entire group. 
Marjorie Grisso was toastmistress for an interesting pi'ogram 
of toasts and pep songs climaxed by Klingensmith's highly 
inspirational talk on "Jewels of the Kingdom." Following 
the program games were played and new acquaintances made. 

It was found that such insiiiration and fellowship as was 
felt at this rally would merit a continuation of similar rallies 
throughout the valley at the various churches in the months 
to come. Vernon D. Grisso. 


W. M. S. Public Meeting 

This meeting was on Sunday evening, December seven, 
when a fine audience heard Mrs. U. J. Shively, of Nappanee, 
Ind., national president in her address in this church. Mrs. 
Willard Zellinger, president of the local society, presided, 
assisted by other leaders, Mrs. Max Smoker, Mrs. Mayme 
Miller, Mrs. Eva Roscoe, and Mrs. Leveta Immel. A feature 
of the meeting was the children's chorus, led by Miss Davis, 
teacher in the public schools. 

In her pointed, though pleasing address, Mrs. Shively held 
before her audience the catchy figure of the "open window." 
The women of the church had been used of God to open win- 
dows, that their task now was to open the window of prayer, 
as enjoined in all their goals. Then attention was called 
to the open window of daily Bible reading, and how God 
was blessing lives by stressing this objective in their work. 
The open window of missionary endeavor, with the constant 
flow of small amounts was announced as making glad the 
hearts of our missionary boards in their ministry of making 
known the Gospel in the many needed fields. 

The open window of training church leaders and ministers 
was a grave concern of the W. M. S. and was a constant 
joy to have some part in the future of the church by helping 
to raise up qualified leaders by training them in our own 

college and seminary. Every church has long since in-ovided 
its own school for this very purpose. The closing appeal was 
on a new open window, raising a fund by which a new chajjel 
may be built to adorn the other buildings of Ashland College, 
making it possible that the present student body may be able 
to all attend chapel services, now impossible because of lack 
of standing room. "Our women have never failed us in any 
worthy project, and you will not fail us in this most needy 
enterprise," said the speaker, and with the enthusiasm with 
which they accepted the coin chapels it was evident they will 
soon .see a majestic chapel building going up at Ashland 
among the other stately buildings. 
New Paris, Ind. G. W. Rench. 


I am sending you ten subscriptions to the Brethren Evmi- 
r/elist, eight of which are new ones from the College Corner 
church, where, up until now just two papers had been com- 
ing. Two members have recently been received into the fel- 
lowship of this church. The offering for Home Missions is 
being gathered, which according to first reports will be just 
about four times that of last year. At Loree one was bap- 
tized recently who had accepted Christ at our last regular 
appointment here. The Thanksgiving offering is being gath- 
ered here too, and indications are that it will be around $150, 
which too, is about four times the amount of last year. A 
brotherhood meeting was recently held in the church of the 
men of this congregation when there were seventyfive pres- 
ent. This was declared to be one of the best mens' meetings 
ever held here. We are busy these days in visitation and 
evangelism. Our next effort will be with the Roann Brethren 
and their faithful pastor. Brother Paul Neff, beginning 
January 5. Will you join us in prayer for a great victory 
in this evangelistic effort. 

C. C. Grisso. 


SMITHVILLE. Sunday, December 14, 1941, marked the first 
Youth Rally to be held by the churches in northern Ohio. 
There were about 90 young people present for the afternoon 
program from six different churches: Ashland, 35; Smith- 
ville, 27; Louisville, 15; Canton, 11; Fairhaven, 3; North 
Georgetown, 1. Mansfield did not have any representatives 
present. Joan Eccard, student at Ashland College, led the 
song service and Roy Amstutz, of Smithville was chairman 
and took charge of the meeting. Each church took some 
special part in the service and there were two speakers. 
Dr. Leslie Lindower gave a short inspirational talk urging 
the young people to carry on this g'ood work. Prof. J. Garber 
Drushal, of Capital University, spoke on the subject, "Prob- 
lems and Solutions." His conclusion was that the best solution 
for all our problems today is to have courage and faith in 

During the business session the following officers were 
elected : 

President, Olive Whitted, Ashland, Ohio. 

Vice-President, Paul Clapper, Louisville, Ohio. 

Secretary, Roy Amstutz, Smithville, Ohio. 

Treasui-er, Mary Nolan, Canton, Ohio. 

It was decided to hold these rallies quarterly and to leave 
the place, time and nature of the next meeting up to the 

Before the young people returned home, the Smithville 
women seized a warming lunch of sandwiches and hot choc- 

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January 10, 1942 

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Interesting Items 2 

Movement— Forward — Editorial — F. C. V 3 

The Marks of the Lord Jesus — Dr. Edwin Boardman, Jr. 4 
Are We Receiving the Blessings Our Lord Would Give 

Us In Sunday Morning Services — 

Dr. L. O. McCartneysmith .... C 

A Challenge for 1942— Edna Nichols 7 

Building Through Character — Vernabelle Pope 8 

Why the 1942 CampaigTi for Funds for Ashland 

College and Seminary — Dr. E. G. Mason 9 

Brethren and the War — Rev. E. M. Riddle 11 

Jacob Henry Hall — Passed to Glory 12 

Our Children's Department 13 

Among the Churches 1:; 

Laid to Rest 15 


COMMITTEE, Dr. George S. Baer, urges that each church 
in the Brotherhood get its order in for the Brethren Empha- 
sis Study Booklet. It will be off the press soon and it is 
urged that every church take part in this important study. 
The booklets are being printed at our Publishing House and 
will be mailed from our offices. If cash is sent with the 
order the books will be ten cents each. If cash does not ac- 
company order the price will be twelve cents each, to cover 
extra cost of billing and bookkeeping. Single copies will be 
fifteen cents each. 

FROM THE VINCO, PA., BULLETIN of December 28th. 
"Vinco achieves two distinct goals of significance. They are 
goals 6 and 7. Goal 6 is 'Brethren Training in Sunday School, 
with emphasis on deepening devotional life of members, using 
materials provided by the committee appointed by National 
Conference.' The Layman's Organization at Vinco was quick 
to take interest in this matter. Brother George Straub, a 
member of the organization offered to pay for the literature. 
It was suggested that six lesosns in this material be substi- 
tuted for the international Sunday school lessons for the 
duration of six Sundays, beginning February first. The 
proposition was presented to the Sunday School and accepted. 

"Goal 7 is 'The Brethren Evangelist in Every Home.' (75 
per cent this year.) The church took action on this goal at 
our annual business meeting and the subscription list is 
being sent in by our Evangelist agent, Mrs. Daniel Rora- 
baugh, the latter part of January. The church will send 
The Evangelist into every home represented in our active 
membership list. If any want to reimburse the church, they 
may, but the plan is 100 per cent effective to reach our 
people through the official organ of The Brethren Church, 
namely. The Brethren Evangelist. 


Brother C. Y. Gilmer, pastor of the above Vinco Church for { 

the interest he is personally showing in the publishing of i 

our Brethren literature. Truly every member of the church j 

should be a reader of The Evangelist, not merely because we j 

print it, but because of the necessity for keeping abreast 1 

of the work of the church in general. \ 

BROTHER ELMER M. KECK, pastor of the North Van- 
dergrfit. Pa., church reports an average attendance for the 
past quarter in the Sunday school of 107. That is a step-up , 

over past attendance. ! 


BROTHER H. H. ROWSEY, pastor of the Goshen Breth- j 
ren Church, announces through his bulletin that beginriing 
January 14th, the mid-week services will include a devotional I 
program, classes for all ages and choir rehearsal. Quoting, 
"Periods will run from 7:15 to 7:45, with Bible stories taught j 
by Bob Higgins and Personal Evangelism, taught by the j 
pastor. 7:45 to 8:15 — A course in "New Training for Serv- 
ice", taught by Mrs. Maud Webb; "The Interwoven Gospels", 
taught by the pastor, and the choir to occupy the last period, 
8:15 to 9:15." j 

Brother Rowsey also announces the approaching evangel- | 
istic campaign, March 17-31, with Rev. John F. Locke, of 

Maurei'town, Va., as evangelist. Keep this meeting in mind ! 

on your prayer list. j 




Some years ago, during a time of flood, and when 
the waters of the then turbulent Wabash River 
reached almost to the writer's door, the welcome 
word came, "The ice jam has broken and the water 
moves forward." As long as the ice piled up and 
jammed the river bed, the only thing the onrushing 
water above could do was to back up and spread 
over the adjacent land, flooding it with destructive 
flood tides. 

For several weeks now, our Publishing House, 
while not having an ice jam, has had what we now 
have come to know as a "bottle-neck". This has 
slowed up the regular work and caused a dangerous 
flood-tide to come, which might turn into criticism 
because of our inability to deliver our periodicals on 
time. That "bottle-neck" has been the process of 
moving into our New Plant. But gradually we are 
breaking up this "ice-jam-bottle-neck" and soon will 
be ready to move forward. 

Why So Difficult? 

Have you ever moved? Yes, I expect you have. But 
such a moving is a simple process compared to the 
jTioving of a printing plant, with its heavy machin- 
ery, its delicately adjusted presses and linotype ma- 
chines, its infinite number of small pieces of type 
and printing equipment and the proper reinstalla- 
tion of it all. Coupled with this came the sub-zero 
weather, which made the moving of the machinery 
even more difficult, because of the danger of break- 
age due to cold iron, which snaps very easily when 
taken out in extreme cold weather. But so far every- 
thing is in the new building but the large presses. 
This number of The Evangelist is being run off on 
the old press down in the old location, although it 
was set and locked up in the new building. 

Y'Ou Can Help 

Oh no, of course not. You cannot come to Ashland 
to help us set the New House in order, BUT on Jan- 
uary 25th you can do your part in giving an impulse 
to the "Forward Movement" in this work. 

The slogan of our government is found in three 
staccatto sentences — "Remember Pearl Harbor" — 
"Dollars for Defense"— "Keep 'Em Flying". These 
are very worthy slogans, and by means of them the 
United States and the entire world is being kept 
war-conscious. In keeping with the material side of 
life, let us send forth three similar slogans, concern- 
ing the just-as-important spiritual side of life. These 

slogans have to do with the coming offering date of 
the Publication Interests — January 25th. Here they 
are — "Remember Our Need" — "Gifts for Growth" — 
"Keep 'Em Rolling". The latter slogan pertains to 
our church printing presses. 

You have received offering envelopes in your 
churches. They should be filled and returned at the 
earliest possible moment. Let us have a veritable 
flood of dollars. We have promised again this year 
not to use any of this offering for anything other 
than the building and its needs. Not one cent will be 
used for operating costs. You just send us Eangelist 
subscriptions and keep them commg and we will en- 
deavor to do the rest. But we cannot do much with- 
out your continued support. 

We Are Asking For $4,000.00 

Is that too much to ask ? We think not. That would 
be less than twenty-five cents for each member of 
the church — // ereri/one gave. 

But the trouble is that not everyone gives. There 
are some who cannot — some who will not. This leaves 
a greater burden on those who can and will. We 
need more than mere 25 cent gifts. We need some 
who will give $500.00— $200.00— $100.00— $50.00 
—$25.00 and a flood of $5.00 and $1.00 gifts. Every 
dollar that comes cuts off interest and makes the 
building just that. much nearer our very own. 

We Wish You Could See The New Building 

We have a just right to be proud of it. It is a 
beautiful structure. It graces the community and 
many are the compliments that the "Neighbors" 
have given us regarding it. It will never be an "eye- 
sore" or a discredit to the neighborhood where it is 
situated. It will not be long now until we will print 
a fine picture of the building. Just a little to do on 
the outside and then we will be ready to release it 
to your view. We know you will be surprised and 
delighted with it. 

Just Be Patient 

Brother Ronk had intended to write fully con- 
cerning the building for this issue, but the burden 
of school work and the moving of the plant has 
weighed heavily upon him and he has promised that 
it will not be long until he will give the membership 
of the church a great deal of information concerning 
the process of the construction and the costs. Just 
be patient. F. C. V. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

J^e Jftarks of 
the Lord Jesus 

Dr. Edwin Boardman, Jr. 

(This message delivered to the Southeast Disti'ict Laymen's Rally held in the 
Brethren Church, St. James, Md., on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1941.) 

In one of his most urgent messages to the early Christians 
the Apostle Paul enshrines a grand verse: "From henceforth 
let no man trouble me for I bear in my body the marks of the 
Lord Jesus." (Gal. 6:17.) Paul uses a strong word for 
"mark" in this verse. It is the word "stigma" and signifies a 
mark pricked in or branded on the body. According to ancient 
oriental usage slaves and soldiers bore the name or stamp of 
their master or commander branded on the body to indicate 
to what master or general they belonged. There were also 
religious devotees who stamped themselves in this way with 
the token of their gods. 

Paul makes use of this idea as he appeals to the fickle 
Galatians to remember the greatness and glory of salvation 
by the blood of the Cross. He reminds his readers that he 
refuses to glory in any other symbol than the Cross of 
Christ for his love for Christ was so deep and strong that 
his body bore the visible signs of the perils, hardships, im- 
prisonments, scourgings, endured by him for the cause of 

Paul no doubt had in mind the scars Jesus received as the 
result of His crucifixion — the thorn marks on the brow, the 
nail marks in hands and feet, and the spear thrust in the 
side. These all bore testimony to the suffering and rejection 
of Christ. They likewise are a measure of His love for us, 
for "God commendeth His love toward us in that while we 
were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Rom. .5:8.) 

But above and beyond any physical scars the "marks < f 
the Lord Jesus" betoken a way of life lived for the blessing 
of the world. Let us examine the marks of Jesus from this 

First, there is the mark of suffering. The Lord Jesus 
spent His whole earthly life as a crucifixion. So many people 
are prone to think of Jesus' sufferings as comprised by the 
final cruel trials and the six hours it took Him to die on the 
cross. But Jesus' martyrdom was vastly longer than that. 
Remember that the Bible record of His life insists on His 
deity. He was God. John 1:1-4 tells us "In the beginning was 
the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word vva.s 
God. The same was in the beginning with God, All things 
were made by Him and without Him was not anything niady 
that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light 
of man." 

Jesus called Himself the "Bread of Heaven which came 
down to give life unto the world" (John 6:50); the "water of 
life" (John .1:14) ; "the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (John 

The apostles certainly proclaimed His deity. Peter cries, 
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 
16:16). John calls Him the "True God and eternal life" 
(I John 5:20). Paul calls Him the "Lord of Glory" (I Cor. 

Such testimony can be multiplied and the sum total of it 
is that Christ was God incarnated: that for the purpose of 
saving man from his sins Jesus forsook the glory that He 
had with the Father; took upon Himself the form of a 
sei"vant and became obedient unto death, even the death of 
the Cross. The magnitude of Jesus' suffering must be gauged 
in the light of what He is. To be the Lord of Life, the King 
of Glory, and to leave all of that for birth in a manger, pov- 
erty in a materially poor Galilean home, the mocking unbelief 
of His people, the treachery of supposed friends, the lim-; 
itations of a poor physical body, was suffering indeed. These] 
all constituted part of the suffering of Christ for us. Hid 
crucifixion crowned the suffering. 

Paul recognized this truth and the mark of suffering toj 
him was no mere scar on the hand or foot, but the mark of a. 
whole life given over for others, a life laid down for the: 
brethren, and one who follows in Jesus' steps must know toi 
the full this self abnegation and suffering for His dear sakej 

Second, Jesus' was a mark of sacrifice. He laid down His| 
life in our behalf. Paul says, "For ye know the grace of ourj 
Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for youri 
sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty mightl 
be rich." (II Cor. 8:9). Paul recognized the cost of all this! 
to Jesus for in his ovm life Paul had "counted all things but; 
loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus."! 
His love for Christ had caused him to "lose all things"' 
(Phil. 3:8) which men counted of real worth, but Paul had; 
learned to glory only in the Cross of Christ. j 

The following of Christ must mean for all Christians thei 
surrender of wills, lives, and possessions to Christ, and until' 
we appi'oximate this total surrender for His dear sake we| 
cannot know this true mark of sacrifice. It meant for onei 
David Livingstone a life spent to bring light and life to' 
darkest Africa. It has meant poverty, jn-ivation, and martyr- 1 
dom to the saints and faithful through nineteen centuries. 
It will mean that we learn to mark the jiages of our lives 
with the same "blood red" tints with which the pages of 
Jesus life were marked. Then, and then only, will we be 
able to claim His mark "branded on us". 

Third, Jesus came to serve. He said of Himself: "The' 
Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minis- j 

January 10, 1942 

tei" (Matt. 20:28). He went everywhere doing good an^^ 
wherever He passed He left someone who was blest and 
helped. He preached the Word of Life in synagogue and on 
the highway. He fed the hungry, gave sight to the blind, 
helped the broken hearted, encouraged the despondent, hum- 
bled Himself in menial service. The whole bent of His life 
was to help others — above all to set foi-th the fact in every 
possible understandable way that God loved men and wanted 
to save them. 

Paul in his own grand life followed his Lord closely. He 
was saved by grace in middle life and he spent the rest of 
his days feverishly laboring to bring men to the Christ he 
loved. See him in Athens going from person to person 
eagerly, anxiously, telling them of Jesus and the resurrec- 
tion. Catch the fire of the man as he challenges Corinthian, 
Galatian, and Roman to love Christ and serve Him. Hear 
him as he cries, "I am made all things to all men that I 
might b • all m.eans save some" (I Cor. 9:22). Yes, Paul bore 
in his life this mark of service. 

We are called also to serve Christ and our fellows. Malthie 
Babcock sings this word for us: 

"We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; 
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift; 
Shun not the struggle, face it, 'tis God's gift; 
Be strong! O men, be strong!" 

Jesus exhorts, "Let your light so shine before men that they 
may see your good works and glorify our Father which is in 
heaven" (Matt. .3:16). The true test of our love for Christ 
is found in how we serve His cause during our life. This is 
no task for the spasmodic worker, but a hard, gnieling task 
which demands the ultimate in "blood and sweat and tears." 
It is no task a loyal Christian can pass on to a handful of 
ministers or Sunday School teachers. It is a hard service in 
which every man must find his place and really work. In our 
church work men have too largely allowed the women to take 
over and labor. We men have been too pi'one to sit back and 
feel that we have done our part when we "pay the bills". 

There was a Cjuiet, lumbering sort of a chap who married 
rather late in his life. His wife was a lovely woman and he 
loved her with all the strength of his being. A little daugh- 
ter was born into the home, and the father found happiness 
in laboring for his loved ones. One day, due to ill health, 
his wife set out on a coastwise ocean trip to recuperate. On 
the day she and her daughter sailed she mailed her husband 
a card on which she wrote what proved to be her last mes- 
sage to him, for the boat was engulfed in a storm and sank 
with all on board. The blow nearly killed the husband, but 
his fellow-workers noted that in his deep grief he seemed to 
get mighty comfort from a message written on a picture post 
card. One day at work some scaffolding fell and the man was 
fatally injured. With the sands of life rapidly running low 
his mates saw John reach for the pocket where the postcard 
was kept. They helped him get the card, and when it finally 
fell from his lifeless hand they were able to read that last 
message from a beloved wife, "Remember, John, the Lord 
does not look for medals. He looks for scars." 

There we have it men. Your Master and mine is expecting 
that his men will do good work in this present age, and I 
have the conviction there will be the light of an intense love 
in the eyes of the Lord "who trod the winepress alone" when 
He looks at those of us who have been faithful servants for 
Him here. We are at war with Evil, and war is no child's 
play. It is hard, stern, desperate reality, and brings with 
it pain, and loss, and wounds. 

Brother Christian, have you been in battle for the cause 
of Christ? Have you faced the hosts of wrong? Have you 
dared fight the Devil's lies and his lusts because you love 
Jesus Christ more than any other in your life? Do you have 

scars and wounds to show that you have been in battle 
where the contest was hottest? 

In my early ministry I knew two men who had served in 
the Civil War. One was a volunteer who entered service in 
January, 186.5, when a .$300 bounty was being paid, and when 
Sherman had cut the Confederacy in half by his "march to 
the sea." Thus when this man entered, the strife was over 
before he had left training camp. He never saw an enemy 
face to face in battle. He never fired a musket in defense 
of the flag. He was called a soldier; he wore the uniform; 
he received the bounty and he later sought the maximum 
pension. The other man was a straight shooting mountaineer 
who answered the call to the coloi's early in the war. No 
bounty of any import was his, but lots of risks and hard 
fighting came his way. Finally in a hot skirmish pi-otecting 
a wagon train for the Army of the Potomac, this man was 
hit in the right breast with a bullet which tore a jagged hole 
right through his body. He nearly died from that wound, but 
grit, fighting spirit, and a good constitution triumphed over 
bullets and he found his way back to health and the battle 
line. Back in 1915, when I met this man for the first time, 
1 hadn't been in his presence but five minutes before his 
blue shirt was unbuttoned and he was showing me proudly 
the big blue scar of his battle wound. 

It is something like that in this war for the right and 
true. Some people gladly accept the name of Christ and 
closely grasp the salvation and freedom which comes through 
faith in Him; but they seem to fail absolutely to recognize 
that being a Christian in this present world means that they 
must fight for the right, and that fighting — soon or late — 
brings its scars of conflict. 

Fellow Christians, don't you hear the clarion call to "Fall 
In!" Are your ears deaf to the roar of battle, or your eyes 
blind to loved ones who are falling in the ranks? Won't you 
resolutely, honestly, do your best in the glorious crusade for 
righteousness? Christ needs you and your loyal self-sacrifice 
to help fill up the gaps in the ranks of the faithful. He wants 
you to face the enemy of youi- soul with courage and des- 
iderate resolve. 

Arthur Conan Doyle has enshrined some of the fighting 
spirit we ought to put into this Christian warfare in his 
war poem "When the Guards Came Through". It tells of men 
fighting an apparently hopeless battle "beaten and broke in 
tlie fight' 'when suddenly the whole scene was changed for 
them when the Guards came through: Conan Doyle tells it 
thus : 

"Never a message of hope! 
Never a word of cheer! 
Fronting Hill VO's shell swept slope. 
With the dull dead plain in our rear. 
Always the whine of the shell, 
Always the roar of its burst, 
Always the tortures of hell. 
As waiting and wincing we cursed 
Our luck and the guns and the Boche, 
When our corporal shouted, 'Stand To!' 
And I heard some one cry, 'Clear the front for the Guards!' 
And the Guards came through. 
Our throats were jJarched and hot. 
But Lord, if you'd hear the cheei's! 

Irish and Welsh, and Scot, Coldsti'cam and Grenadiers. 
Two brigades, if you please. 
Dressing as straight as a hem. 
We — we were down on our knees. 
Praying for us and them! 
Lord I could speak for a week. 
But how could you understand? 
How should your cheeks be wet? 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Such feelin's don't come to you. 
But when can me or my Master forget, 

When the Guards came through?" 
This grim resolve to do our duty, regardless of the cost, 
must always characterize the one who would bear the marks 
of the Lord Jesus. Paul must have thrilled at the thought 
that he had been able to bear some of the toil and endure 
some of the pain that Christ demanded of the faithful. His 
body was marked for Christ and he humbly but proudly let 
the Galatians know that it had cost him a very real price 
to follow Christ Jesus. May each of us be willing to accept 
not only Christ's blessing, but also Christ's burden. Then we 
too, can say with Paul, "I bear in my body the marks of the 
Lord Jesus." 
Hagerstown, Md. 

Are We Receiving the 
Blessings Our Lord 

Would Give Us 

In Sunday Morning Services 


Dr. L. 0. McCartneysmith 

"O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker." Psalm 9.j:6. 

Practically all of us are so busily engaged in what we call 
our own affairs that we seldom take time to review the public 
worship hour and ask ourselves: "What did I get out of it?" 
Therefoi-e, few people seem to obtain the blessings and bene- 
fits from public worship that God has in store for them. 
Neither do we earnestly take into consideration the question 
of why we attend church services. Far too many attend 
services without anticipating a blessing or seeking one. God 
is able, willing, and ready to abundantly and consciously 
bless us, but we must place ourselves before Him in the 
proper mental and spiritual position to receive His gifts. 
Sometimes we do not receive full benefit from worship 
because of other matters breaking into the worship program. 
Have we been taught what worship is, and how to worship 
our God? There is an inherent desire in all of us to worship, 
but just how? This brings us to the question: 


Sunday School is not worship. It is a period of instruction. 
Prayer is not always worship, although it has a prominent 
place in the worship program. We should worship God in 
our prayers, but most of our prayers are taken up by our 
own desires and intercession for the particular needs of our- 
selves and our friends. Preaching is not worship, but is for 
the edification of the church, and instructing lost men into 
the way of Righteousness. The announcements are not wor- 
ship and should have no place in the worship program. 
What then, is worship? Worship is the act of paying divine 
honor and religious reverence to the Supreme Bein?, consist- 
ing of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 


The Apostle Paul informed the Corinthian church: "Let 
all things be done decently and in order." (I Cor. 14:40.) 
Heaven is an orderly place and God is not s God of confusion; 
therefore our worship must be orderly in nature, because 
our citizenshi)) is in heaven. Orderliness applies first of all 
to the waiting congregation. Our arrival and entrance into 
the Lord's House shoulo be marked by the spirit of reverent 
quietness. God's House is a place of prayer and praise; not 
a place where the latest gossip should be discussed. We 
should enter quietb, humbly, prayerfully and expectantly. 
"Whosoever e.\altetn himself shall be abased; and whosoever 
humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Luke 14:11). We miss 
our first great klessing because we fail to humble ourselves 
and kneel in si^nt prayer of confession upon entering God's 

holy temple, asking Him to prepare us for the blessing He 
has for us. 


The wise man of the ancients well said: "Where there is 
no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). Jesus said to the 
Samaritan woman: "Ye worship ye know not what: we know 
what we worship" (John 4:22). This poor woman did not 
know whether she worshipped an influence, a power, or a 
personality. Our Lord wants us to know whom we worship, 
and he has given his people sufficient information concerning 
the Holy Trinity that we may visualize the Triune God in our 
worship. In worship we come before His heavenly throne 
surrounded by the heavenly host, and with Jesus Christ our 
Lord sitting at His right hand as our intercessor. When we 
present ourselves before him to worship we should spiritually 
see Him and realize that as the angelic host chants, "Holy, 
holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His 
g-lory" (Isa. 6:3), we are also in this great Presence! When 
the choir slowly wends its way singing: Holy, holy Lord God 
Almighty, early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee," 
each member should full realize the important fact that he 
is marching into the immediate pi-esence of our heavenly 
Father! Then, when the pastor silently signals for the con- 
gregation to stand and sings those wonderful words of the 
Doxology: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise 
Him all ye creatures here below; praise Him all ye heavenly 
host, praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Ghost", we should 
consider that we are speaking directly to God In this song. 
If we are willing to thus visualize God as we worship, our 
blessings will be immeasurable. Are we not entirely too me- 
chanical in our singing? With our lips we praise Him, but 
our hearts and minds are far away from Him. No wonder 
we get nothing out of our worship! "Brethren we have met 
to worship and adore the Lord our God" was one of the 
opening lines of the singing of the older generation, and I 
love it! Our minds and hearts must be fixed upon Him. We 
must have a more definite purpose in our meetings. 

Following the processional and Doxology, the Invocation 
occupies a prominent place in the worship program. This is 
the presentation of the congregation unto the Lord by the 
pastor, and even though a brief period of worship, "should 
invoke God's blessing and ask forgiveness of the sins of the 
people. Keeping in mind that as we visualize God upon His 

January 10, 1942 

throne, standing before Him for this presentation, would it 
not be well for both pastor and people to turn their faces 
in the same direction? Personally I have always wanted to 
turn my back upon the waiting congregation, and facing 
God's throne with the congregation, offer prayer. With the 
pastor facing the congregation, it has always seemed to me 
that he was praying to the people, and not for them, and 
with them. 


This offering may consist of singing, praise in prayer, 
testimony, or of our material gifts, Whatever offering we 
bring, we should be conscious of the One to whom we offer 
our gift. All may share the offering of praise in song and 
silent prayer or testimony if the opportunity is given. Special 
music should always be considered as an offering unto God 
and never to the congregation. We should realize that every 
song, either choir, congregation, or solo, is an offering to 
Him, and that we are singing to Him in His actual presence. 
The program of worship may close with an offering of our 
matei-ial gifts which we desire to present unto the Lord. 
During the days of our Lord's presence on earth men brought 
their gifts individually and placed them upon God's holy 
altar. Jesus speaks of this custom (Matthew 5:23, 24). The 
Southern Negi-o still follows the same custom, bringing his 
gift and laying it upon the altar. To save time, we pass the 
plate. Thanks expressed for the offering should close the 
period of worship. 


There should be no break in the worship progi-am. We have 
presented ourselves before God to worship Him, and not to 
make announcements, discuss the business of the church, or 
anything that is foreign to the worship program. The congre- 
gation should know just when the worship program is fin- 
ished. This period of intercession naturally follows the wor- 
ship program, because the worship of God prepares us for the 
I'eception of Christian instruction. The continuity of worshij) 
should never be interrupted with eithei- reading or announce- 
ments. It is better to leave the reading of the Scripture until 
the beginning of the sermon of instruction as this period is 
for the edification of the church. The announcements shown 
in the bulletin, where used, are usually sufficient, excepting 
in unusual situations, when it is well foi- the pastor to briefly 
call attention to certain announcements. How often have well- 
meaning but careless pastors completely wrecked a fine spir- 
itual atmosphere they have brought about in the worship 
period by sandwiching in a fifteen minute discussion of the 
announcement. The period of instruction may be followed 
with an invitation, or the benediction. 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatso- 
ever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, what- 
soever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, what- 
soever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and 
if there be any praise, think on these things." (Phil. 4:8). 

Waterloo, Iowa. 


A Challenge for 1942 

Edna Nich 


Every up-to-date business man has already begun 
to check his losses and gains for the year. If the 
overhead is too great he seeks to reduce it ; if profits 
are not all they should be, he at once sets about de- 
vising ways and means for an increase in 1942. This 
is the essential of a growing business. 

Individuals should also check their losses and 

You should check your mistakes; recognize your 
mistakes and acknowledge your failures, and, as the 
merchant, strengthen your weaknesses and eliminate 
those mistakes and failures. 

No individual who is trying to make the most of 
his life is ever satisfied with his progress. The miser 
wants more gold; the merchant wants more and 
better business ; the homes better living ; the Chris- 
tian more and better service for Christ and the 

Are we as a church satisfied with our year's 
mark? Have you, my brother, done all you might 
have done for the enlargement of His kingdom in 
our cities and in our brotherhood in the past year? 
Have you made the progress in Christian living and 
service you might have made? Do ,vou not agree 
that we, as individuals, should check our "profit and 
loss," check our failures and note our weaknesses? 
And above all, our loyalty to Christ in order that a 
farther reaching service may be given to our fel- 
lowman, our church, our Master? 

What is true of individuals is true of our church. 
The work of the church today should be far reach- 
ing. Just how far reaching depends on you. 

Her program for evangelism must be put across 
by you. Men have rebelled and must be subdued. 
Men are lost and must be saved. Men are savage and 
must be tamed. Man is a slave and must be freed — 
this is the work of the church — your work for 1942. 
Will you accept the challenge as individuals — as a 
church ? 

Our people here have accomplished a great work 
— a new building — have gone a long way in reduc- 
ing the indebtedness. But are we content with this? 
We have a wonderful pastor, who is faithful in up- 
holding the Truth and stressing Christian living 
and service in every day living. His efforts are tire- 
less in serving his people whenever and wherever 
needed. Are we content to assure him of all this as 
we pass out the door and forget its application to 
ourselves as individuals? Are we satisfied with just 
our attendance — with our life as it is today? Are we 
ready for Christ's coming — that great day? 

The challenge for 1942 is — More of Christ, less of 
self ; greater living, greater service for Him. Unself- 
ish living. Look only for the good in your brother — 
more kindness — more love. In brief — "Be about your 
Master's business." 

Will you accept the challenge? '■ 
Elkhart, Indiana. 

The Brethren Evanaelist 


Vernabelle Pope 

Have you ever stopped to think what kind of a life you are 
building? One time as Jesus was talking to His disciples He 
shared with them His thinking about certain types of people: 
and as He talked He said: There seems to me to be at least 
two kinds of men. One of them takes the worthwhile things 
of life and builds them into his own character so that he is 
like a builder who builds on rock foundation. The other seems 
not to care much except for having merely a good time, he 
does not even select; his life is a jumble of things of little 
worth so that he is like a man who builds his house on sand 
foundation. (Luke 6:48, 49.) And when the real stress of life 
comes, when the winds of doubt blow and the storm of pas- 
sion breaks, one man stands firm and the other man crashes, 
even as a house built on sand. So, today, men are much as 
they were in Jesus' time, some of them selecting from worth- 
while things, those which will make sure foundation, and 
others, perhaps because no one has helped them, making 
no selection and no enduring foundation. 

If you were called upon to define the word "building'' 
would you be able to do it? It seems like a very simple word, 
one that we hear used almost every day in one way or an- 
other. Probably the best definition for building is, the act of 
construction. We have to build or construct our lives to do 
good wherever we may go. If we are going to build we will 
have to climb upward in life having a certain goal to attain. 
The use you make of the 24 hours of the day determines 
your character and destiny. 

Character is distinctive quality or moral excellence. Every 
person has a distinctive type of character. The theme foi- a 
Sunday School convention was "Youth Building a Better 
Nation." It takes character to build a nation. Almost every- 
one has a dream to build a Christian nation, but of course 
a Christian nation cannot be built over night, neither can 
it be built permanently by persons whose characters are non- 
Christian like. If times are too good then people have , too 
many other things to do besides build and if times are bad 
then too it seems that we are unable to build. There is 
always some kind of a reason for not building on a rock 

Let us think about the person whose character has been 
well built. This person is always a very great help to his 
church because the leaders of the church and Sunday School 
must have high ideals. For instance, if a Sunday School 
teacher's character is not so good, then probably the attend- 
ance in his class will be very hard to keep. The officers of 
the church and Sunday School are looked upon with gTeat 
resjject, therefore, their characters must be well built. 

I would like to give you an illustration which was given in 
our Sunday School class a few weeks ago. 

"A group of Christians were on their way to a Sunday 
School convention. At a transfer point they were waiting 
to take another train. A huge locomotive was standing near 
on a sidetrack, and one of the of the company, pointing to it, 
said, "If that engine represented our Sunday School, what 
part would each one of you like to be?" One spoke up and 
said, "I would lik^ to be the whistle to call attention to the 
fact that the Suijday School is on the move." Another replied, 
"I would like to be the great driving wheels, which carry 

the load." A third answered, "I would desire to be the search- 
light to light the way bei^ore it." All responded in similar) 
fashion, choosing some pi-ominent part, until one remained, 
who appeared to be a retiring sort of an individual. "Well, 
brother, what is your choice?" the spokesman directed att 
him. Breaking the silence he quietly said, "I was just think- 
ing that I'd like to be the coal, ready to be consumed that 
the Sunday School might have the power to move forward." ' 

Are you building your character so that it might be a part 
of this locomotive to which the Sunday School has been com- 
pared? And if so, what part of the engine would you like 
to be? 
Flora, Indiana 


By Grace Marie PHnce i 

''None but the lonely heart could ever know my sorrow," 
"What truth this simple statement underlies. 
When heart meets heart — to know and understand, 
The^ needs must have lived beneath kindred skies. 

To truly know and feel another's heartache, 

Your life must suffer hurt along the way. 
How could you ever give the help one needed. 

Had you yourself just walked in laughter's way? 

So when the burden you are bearing this mile. 
Seems crushing, remember this and steady stay — 

Someone whose path you will be crossing may need 
The understanding heart you'll gain today. — Selected 


My future, how about it?" 

Asked a man about to die; 

"Do you think I have set the proper pace?" 

You are the judge, why doubt it? 

Does your conscience in reply 

Condemn or praise you now before His face? 

"My future, as I see it, 

Lies in what I leave behind. 

Judge merciful — , for mine's a tortured soul! 

All man can do to free it; 

'Tis not that I have in mind, — 

There's One, I know, who has that for his goal. 

That which now most alarms me — 

Tho I know quite well I'm done — 

Is, have I helped someone to fill his place? 

That I have not — , disarms me 

As I hear death's signal gun 

Roar in my ears — 'Have you improved the race?' 

I live not! — I died surely 

Since I failed to set a pace 

That lifts life even higher than my own 

I'm worse than dead — I, truly, 

Am a hindrance to the race 

For I have ceased to be a stepping-stone." 

H. A. Gossard. 

tete te te ta 

The blackest days provide the opportunity for the light of 
faith to shine brightest. . . 

Some people are much more interested in winning argu- 
ments than they are in finding the truth . . . 

January 10, 1942 


Why the 1942 Campaign for Funds for 
Ashland College and Seminary 

Dr. E. G. Mason, President of Ashland College 

Brief announcements of the forthcoming cam- 
paign for funds for Ashland College and Seminary 
have appeared from time to time, but no detailed 
statement has yet appeared. It is presented now as 
the Campaign is launched. 

At the June meeting of the Board of Trustees the 
Board approved a campaign within the Church for 
a Revolving Reserve Fund of $1.50,000, covering a 
period of two years. The reason for this action is 
this: A college is an educational institution. The 
primary purpose of its existence is to offer educa- 
tional and cultural opportunities to its clientels. The 
more it can offer at the lowest cost to the student, 
the more likely it is to succeed in carrying out its 
purpose and the greater number it can educate. To 
keep up a high standard of offerings involves a con- 
stant or increasing expenditure of money for equip- 
ment and for instructional and administrative 
services. In other words, expenses increase as the 
jincome increases. Therefore there can be no ac- 
'cumulation of profits or reserve funds. When a sur- 
plus of income over expenditures does occur, new 
needs arise that are bound to absorb the apparent 
surplus if the quality of service is to be maintained. 
Therefore, as demands upon a college grow, its needs 
for additional funds grow accordingly. 


Without a doubt, a frank statement of the sources 
of income will assist the reader to understand the 
problem better. There are three and only three 
sources of income for your College and Seminary. 
This is also true of all other colleges. The first is 
from student fees. When student attendance de- 
creases as it does in our present emergency, the 
income from this source also decreases. Only ex- 
clusive private schools are able to make the student 
fees high enough to cover the expenses of operation. 
In tax supported colleges student fees are so low 
that it is difficult for colleges like Ashland to com- 
pete with them. Therefore any considerable increase 
in fees is neither advisable nor practical. Student 
fees now cover but little more than half the cost of 
education, the balance must come from other sources. 

The second source of income is from endowment 
earnings. Endowment consists of trust funds in the 
hands of the Board of Trustees. It has been given 
by its donors for the purpose of founding a trust 
fund which, when invested, will earn an income that 
is to be used for current expenses. Only the interest 
on endowment funds, or endowment income, can be 

used for current expenses; the endowment principal 
cannot be used. It is easy to see that when interest 
rates are decreasing as they are now and have been 
for several years, the income from this source also 

The third source of income is found in free gifts 
or annual gifts coming from the churches in Educa- 
tional Day offerings or from Alumni and friends. 
When taxes increase and other demands upon the 
individuals who are able to give increase, the trend 
of free gifts is also likely to be downward. 

During the war years ahead and the period of 
adjustment afterwards, a definite decreasce in our 
income from student and endowment income sources 
seems certain. The same condition may occur in our 
income from free gifts. We fear that despite our 
efforts we will not be able to either keep up or in- 
crease our present student attendance. 

We can increase our fees but this may not be wise. 
We can do nothing about keeping up endowment in- 
terest earnings. The only real hope is found in our 
ability to increase our gifts and endowment funds. 
That is why the Campaign is to be conducted now. 
We want to offset by preventative measures that 
which seems inevitable. It is a wise and businesslike 


The college income from student sources now con- 
stitutes from 60 per cent to 56 per cent of the total 
income. Other income sources produce : 

From endowment income 15 per cent to 16 per 
cent of the total income. 

From gifts 17 per cent to 18 per cent of the total 

From other sources 1 per cent to 8 per cent of the 
total income. 

Income fi'om other sources is from the sale of 
books and rentals of the grounds and the like. This 
table will show clearly the seriousness of consider- 
able decreases from any of the above three sources 
of income. Expenses involving the operation and 
maintenance of the plant and the administrative 
and instructional services are quite fixed in amount, 
and when the income is reduced, it is very difficult 
to reduce expenses accordingly. The days and years 
ahead seem to offer no solution to the problem 
unless the gifts and endowment funds are substan- 
tially increased. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


It is true that in the past the College and Semi- 
nary have asked the churches for financial assistance 
a number of times. The very nature of the work of 
an educational institufon requires that calls will be 
made again from time to time. If Ashland College 
and Seminary is to keep pace with educational prog- 
ress annual support and occasional drives for large 
sums are a part of the picture and must be expected 
in the future as they have come in the past. 


Two campaigns, the Beachler Campaign in 1918- 
20 and the Bell-Bauman Campaign in 1926-27, have 
been made in the last 25 yeai-s. These campaigns 
yielded in cash and paid pledges about $310,000 in 
endowment and building funds. With other gifts for 
endowment we now have a total endowment fund of 
$350,000 plus annuities of $43,000. Counting the 
annuity funds in with the endowment we still have 
less than $400,000 in endowment funds. The total 
yield on investments during the year 1940-41 (June 
10 to June 10) was $17,000 which is slightly more 
than 4 per cent and the trend is toward a still lower 

If the College had an endowment fund of $1,000,- 
000 or more, the emergency now would not be so 
acute. It is therefore a matter of good business plan- 
ning to build up our reserves in order to protect 
the largest single investment of the Brethren Church 
during the uncertain period ahead. 


The use that shall be made of the funds is two fold. 
First, the money will be invested the same as endow- 
ment funds in safe securities. The income from it 
will be added to the endowment income. Second, if a 
deficit occurs in the operation of the plant in any 
year, the deficit may be made up from this fund, 
thus avoiding the drain upon our current income, by 
paying interest on borrowed money to cover the 
deficit. The administration will at all times, as in 
the past, endeavor to keep the expenses within the 
income, but if it is impossible to do this, this fund 
will p]-otect the property of the Church against the 
losses incurred in operation during difficult days 
ahead, and at the same time preserve the quality of 
service the College is rendering. 

I trust that this explanation is clear and that all 
who read it will understand the needs for the 1942 

This Campaign must not be confused with the 
Annual Educational Day offering. It cannot take 
the place of our annual income from gifts. Any de- 
crease there will directly affect the Reserve Fund. 
To decrease our annual gifts during the Campaign 
will create a deficit that must be met. The Campaign 

for a Reserve Fund is in addition to the Annual 
Educational Day offerings, and all other gifts to 
the College. It must supplement the gifts we now 
receive, rather than take their places. 


In the last three years there have been no general 
increase of salaries on our staff even though living 
costs have been increasing. This year instructional 
and maintenance costs have been reduced consider- 
ably in order to balance the budget, but there is a 
point below which reductions will affect the educa- 
tional sei"vice rendered. We dare not go below that 

Let every member of the Church begin to plan 
now for this Campaign and for Educational Day. Let 
us go over the top with flying colors for the cause 
of education and the future of for Brethren Church, 
your college, Ashland College and Seminaiy, in its 
effort to maintain and teach Christian ideals in the 
field of higher education. If Christian ideals are to 
be maintained and perpetuated in the years to come 
they must be taught to the youth of our beloved 
Church and to the youth at large. There never has 
been a time in the history of the world when the 
need for Christian education was greater than it is 
now. If the Brethren Church is to succeed in ren- 
dering its full responsibility in the maintenance and 
perpetuation of the teachings of Jesus Christ to a 
topsy-turvy world, it must do it now. We will be 
called upon to sacrifice much for the government 
and we must do our full share, but as a group of 
Christian people interested in the cause of Christi- 
anity, we must also carry our full share of the re- 
sponsibility of working for a lasting peace and an 
intelligent recovery w^hen the present crisis is over. 
We must uphold the hands of the educators and their 
facilities for education in your one and only College 
and Seminary. 
















If God's Word were as unstable as men's 
changeable and differing opinions concern- 
ing it, there would be no secure anchor for 
the human soul. But His Word is settled for- 
ever in Heaven and faith in it rests upon the 
Solid Rock, Christ Jesus. The soul that ties 
to that Rock need have no fear concerning 
the security of its anchorage, but only fear 
lest itself prove faithless. Or so it seems to 
me. — The Mentor. 










January 10, 1942 



Brethren and the War 

Within a week after our nation was plunged into 
war, Brethren representatives were called to Elgin 
to face the situation from every angle. The possibil- 
ity of more young men going into service for their 
country under the military as Conscientious Object- 
ors was discussed, as well as the possibilities of some 
additional duties for men in Civilian camps. The 
problem of 'Relief was another major issue of this 

Under the question of further duties for men in 
Civilian Service, allow me to quote one paragraph 
from M. R. Zigler's recent article in Gospel Messen- 
ger. He says, "In the light of the new war emergency 
the Civilian Public Service program is striving to 
develop constructive projects in areas of tension and 
immediate need to expand its work in the fields of 
health, reconstruction and relief. Announcement of 
this should be made only when these opportunities 
a)-e really agreed upon by the government." 

It is known that a goodly number of our own 
young men have taken their position as C. 0. men 
and have entered the service under the military in 
fields listed as non-combatant duties. There are 
many opportunities in this field and many men are 
being used. Within a few days many more of our 
young men will be called to make a decision. In case 
you do not have a copy of the "Statement of Per- 
sonal Convictions" mailed to the pastors sometime 
ago, please write me. 

Herein are some suggestions copied from Circular 
No. 2 (War Dept. Jan 4th) "Trainees whose status 
as conscientious objectors has been established, will 
be assigned to the following units and installations : 

1. Field Forces. 

a — Medical department, 
b — Quartermaster Corps, 
c — Chemical warfare service (with some re- 
strictions) . 
d — Signal Corps (with assignments to the 
following) : 

construction units 
photographic units 
depot units 
repair units 
pigeon units 
e — Corps of Engineers (with certain excep- 

2. Corps area service and war department over- 
head (certain exceptions) 

a — Replacement Center Units, 
b — Military Police Units. 

(This report abbreviated) 

Once mo)-e, may I inform those expecting to make 
a decision soon, that to become a C. 0. under the 
military is fully consistent with our position as a 
Church. For further help, we ask you to carefully 
study Romans 13th chapter and read our published 
"Statement of Convictions" and do so most pray- 


There are such tremendous needs in so many 
places, that we feel constrained again to call atten- 
tion. Any church or group desiring to send money 
for Relief, please address M. R. Zigler, 22 South 
State street, Elgin, Illinois. Also those wishing to 
make contributions of clothing or shoes should ad- 
dress all parcels to "A. F. S. C. Storeroom, 1515 
Cherry Street, Philadelphia, Pa." Please send par- 
cels or boxes prepaid and in at least 100 pound lots 
for reduced freight rates. Some suggestions, very 
helpful, follow: 

1. Durable, clean used clothing. 

2. New clothing, layettes, articles for children. 

(Wrap and pack separately from used cloth 

3. Pack shoes separately. Pack soap separately. 

4. Use durable packing cases or boxes. 

5.^ Mark plainly "Brethren" and the name of your 

Gifts for Brethren Service 

According to the General Conference Minutes 
(Conference Annual Number, page 20) volunteer 
gifts from local churches were urged throughout the 
year, for the work of the 'Peace Committee of the 
Church.' One church has responded to date. 

Dutchtown Brethren Church, near Warsaw, Ind., 
$3.50. Your church will be reported soon after your 
gift for this work is received. 

Finally. Ministers of the Gospel and church lead- 
ers, while our boys are away, doing a service that 
we likely cannot do, we want a powerful, praying 
church ; and when they return we want nothing less 
than a Spirit-filled church to greet them. 

Secretary for the Peace Committee, 

E. M. Riddle. 
Louisville, Ohio. 

DAYTON BULLETIN. "I am building a church," said a 
small boy playing on the floor with a set of building blocks, 
"and we must be very quiet." 

His father, eager to encourage him in this unexpected rev- 
erence, asked, "And why are we quiet in church?" 

"Because the people are asleep," was the immediate re- 


The Brethren Evangelisi 

Jacob Henry Hall 

Professor Jacob Henry Hall died December 22, 1941, in the 
87th year of his age, at his home in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 
Though he had been in ill health for some months he had not 
been confined to his bed until the day before his death. His 
mind was clear and he liked to talk of his early days when 
he began to teach music, a career which saw him travel over 
20 states conducting thousands of singing school lessons, for 
God gave him the ability to teach as well as the gift enabling 
him to compose music. His name must therefore be written 
among — 

"Such as sought out musical tunes 
And set forth verses in writing." 

He published "Hall's Songs of Home" in 1885. "The Star of 
Bethlehem" soon followed. He invented 'Hall's Music Chart" 
and published "Practical Voice Culture". For seventeen years 
he was employed in an editorial capacity by the publishers of 
the magazine "Musical Million". 

Some of the hymn and song books which he compiled, are,, 
"Fountain of Praise" "The Messenger of Song," (seven dif- 
ferent editions), "Sunlight of Praise," "Light and Life," 
"Temperance Songs," "Spirit of Praise," "Sacred Melodies." 

Some of his most popular Gospel songs are: "The Gospel 
Invitation," "Open the Windows of Heaven," "Go and Tell 
Others the Story," "Jesus is Your Friend,' "Helpers Are 
Needed," "We Will Walk and Talk With Jesus." 

Professor Hall also wrote a 'Practical Music Reader" and 
published a book of Quartettes for men containing many 
of his own compositions. Many of his books on music enabled 
persons who had had no previous training in music to under- 
stand and appreciate music as never before. 

He belonged to the company of singing school masters 
who brought congregational singing in America to its highest 
tide. Disdaining the hardships of travel and lodging he went 
about with vigor and determination to help people sing the 
praises of the Most High God 

While Professor Hall will probably be remembered most 
for his composition of music to words written by others he 

nevertheless wrote a number of songs. His arrangement o; 
"One Sweetly Solemn Thought" was sung at his funeral bj 
the quartette from the Eastern Mennonite School of Har 
risonburg. They also rendered a number of his favorite 

Professor Hall's book on "Gospel Song and Hymn Writers'' 
was published by the Fleming H. Revell Company and ran 
through several editions. This book contains a wealth of infor- 
mation on hymnology. It was said that no man living could 
...atch him in his broad knowledge of the biographical back- 
ground of hymn writers, and how certain hymns came to 
be written. 

As long as he lived he was interested in helping people' 
sing with the spirit and understanding. He believed that 
worship should not lask Psalms and hymns and spiritual 
songs and that their use should be an edifying experience 
for the worshipper. 

His pastor used for funeral texts: Psalm 57:7, "My heart 
is fixed God, my heart is fixed. I will sing and give praise" 
and Psalm 104:33, "I will sing unto the Lord as long as 1 
live: I will sing praise to God while I have my being." These 
could have sei-ved as golden texts for his life. Since youth 
he had been a member of the Bethlehem Brethren Church. 

Professor Hall was a son of George G. and Elizabeth 
Thomas Hall. He was born near Harrisonburg, one of a 
family of ten children, of whom only Mrs. G. C. Dowell sur- 
vives. Surviving also is his wife who was Miss Frances 
Bowman, and his son, Charles Ernest Hall, of New York. 

The funeral services were conducted December 24, 1941, 
from the Harrisonburg Church of the Brethren. Dr. E. M. 
Bowman the pastor of the church and Dean Chester Lahman 
of the Eastern Mennonite School assisted in the service. The 
body was laid to rest in the Dayton Cemetery. 


"Now he has joined the choir invisible 
Whose music is the gladness of the world." 

John F. Locke, 
Pastor Bethlehem Brethren Church. 


Turn back life's whirring pages 
To where they moved more slow; 

Regain the long-lost cadence 
And calm we used to know. 

When people cherished Quiet, 

And Rest for minds and feet 
Grown heavy by love's plodding . . . 

The Still Small Voice is sweet. 

— Annabelle Merrifield. 

It is always easy to condemn the man who faces temp- 
tations concerning which we know nothing. . . 

There is too much disposition on the part of some people 
to think we do not agree with them in their opposition to an 
evil, because we do not agree with them in their method of 
correcting that evil . . . 

January 10, 1942 


Our Children's Department 


Dear Children: 


As soon as he had been made ruler, Joseph began to work 
for Pharaoh and the Egyptians. He went about through the 
country and bought all the corn which the people did not 
need to use and put it in great buildings, called storehouses. 
At first he knew how much he had, but at last there was 
more than could be counted because there were such rich 

During this time Pharaoh gave Joseph a beautiful woman, 
called Asenath, for his wife. When his little son was born, 
Joseph calle^ him Manasseh, which means "to forget," for 
he said God had made him forget all the unkindness which 
his brothers had shown him, and all the hard days he had 
spent in prison. His next baby boy he called Ephraim, which 
means "a blessing", because God had blessed him and made 
him such a great man. Every time he looked at his dear 
little boys and spoke their names, he wanted to remember 
God's goodness to him. 

After there had been seven years of plenty in Egypt, 
during which com and everything else had grown so well, 
the famine had begun. There was no rain and nothing would 
grow, so the people had little to eat. But Joseph had been 
wise enough to save up so much corn that he could help 
them, so they all came to him and they bought this food. 

The famine was not only in Egypt, but even in the country 
where Joseph's brothers and father lived. Jacob heard that 
there was corn in Egypt, so he told his sons to go down to 
that country to buy some. He would not let Benjamin go 
with them for he was afraid something might harm him, and 
as he thought Joseph was dead, he loved this little boy, 
Rachel's other son, more than ever. 

The ten brothers stai'ted and took the long journey to 
Egypt. Many other people, also, were going to this country, 
and when they reached there, Joseph sold food to them all. 
When his brothers came, they bowed low before him, for of 
course they did not know that he was their brother. They 
did not expect to find that the little boy, whom they had 
sold to be a slave, had become such a great man. Joseph, 
however, knew them at once, for though they had grown 
older, they were not much changed. But he wanted to find 
out whether they were still wicked and cruel as they had 
been when they sold him, so he did not let them know who 
he was. He spoke roughly to them and asked, "Where did 
you come from?" 

They answered, "We came from the land of Canaan and 
we wish to buy food." 

He said, "No, no, you are bad men; you are come to look 
over this country so that later you can fight against it." 

But they cried, "Oh, no, my lord, we are true men. We are 
twelve brothers and our father lives in Canaan." 

Oh, how glad Joseph must have been to learn that his dear 
father was still alive, for he had heard nothing of him in 
all the long yeai-s he had been away. 

"Our youngest brother is with our father and one brother 
is dead." (They meant Joseph, whom they thought was no 
longer living.) 

But Joseph wanted to see if they really told the truth, 
so he still spoke roughly and said: "I will see if what you 
say is true. You cannot go home until one of you brings your 
youngest brother to me." 

Then he put them all in prison. After three days he came 
to them and said that he would keep one of them, Simeon, in 
prison, and that the others might take corn for their families 
and return home and then bring back their youngest brothers. 
The brothers all felt that this trouble had come to them 
because they had been cruel to their brother Joseph, and 
they were sorry. 

Joseph could understand what they were saying, but he 
did not let them know that he knew. He had the servants 
to fill their sacks with corn and to put their money back 
in their sacks for he wished to give them corn instead of 
selling it to them. 

When they reached home they told their father all about 
this ruler. They were greatly troubled about the money, too. 
They told him about their brother, Simeon, who was in prison, 
also of how they were to take their brother Benjamin the 
next time they went. Jacob was filled with sorrow, for he 
feared that something might happen to his beloved son, 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Lorotta. 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 


The Tiosa Brethren recently enjoyed a two week revival 
under the capable leadership of Rev. I. D. Bowman. Every 
service was well attended and every message was deeply ap- 

Brother Bowman preached with the zeal of youth and held 
the attention of his audience in a very commendable man- 
ner. His messages were scnptural and timely. It was truly 
a blessing to have him vdth us for these two weeks. 

While the visible results were not so great as we would 
have liked to have seen, yet one made the great confession 
and who knows but what this is one of the greatest revivals 
he has ever held. I know that God's Word does not return 
void and Brother Bowman's messages will live on, for he 
preached the living Word. 

O. C. Lemert, pastor 


The Brethren Evangelist 


The wheel of time has borne us through another eventful 
year — a year unlike any we have ever known, yet amid the 
constant stress and strain, and change, The Lord has been 
mindful of His own, and we are living- to start down the 
unseen windings of another year. 

Never has there been a time when the Christian people 
and the churches should feel, that they have come "to the 
kingdom for such a time as this," when the very elect are 
assailed by the deceiver of souls. 

In the past year we have tried to keep busy for the Lord, 
and in our visitations over the fields, we have had a great 
number of prayers in homes, have asked more jieople about 
their souls' welfare, and talked to them of the saving power 
of the Gospel. There is still a gi-eat need for this kind of work. 

While we have come short of many things in our labors, 
we have accomplished some commendable things. We have 
observed all the special days and occasions. 

At Burlington, a new Home Water System has been in- 
stalled and all paid for, along with some improvements in 
the kitchen of the Manse, and the preachers are enjoying 
the conveniences thereof. A movement is now on to have 
the inside of the church decorated and rejuvenated. Newly 
elected officers for both the church and school are assuming 
their places with a renewed purpose and aim. 

At Cambria, the year's work closed with a nice little cash 
balance on hands and all bills paid. The church school attend- 
ance and worship service are on the upgrade; new people 
are being reached and sought. The week night Bible Study 
had an average of 20 plus for the last quarter. Dr. L. O. 
McCartneysmith, of Waterloo, Iowa, begins a two weeks' 
revival January 11. We are praying for a real harvest and 
uplift. This church has a bright prospect for a good year 
ahead. Praise the Lord. W. R. Deeter. 


The Muncie Brethren Church has just passed through a 
very successful revival. The visible results are a larger at- 
tendance; a more enthusiastic membership, and eighteen 
(18) new converts on its rolls. We baptized 15 and have the 
others waiting for baptism. In harmony with the new prac- 
tice of the church at large, we voted to begin our fiscal 
year with January first. In a brief review of our condition, 
preparatoiy to 1942, the pastor was called for his fourth 
year, the finances were found to be in unusually good shape. 
The Parsonage will be paid for in a few years, the building 
fund was given a splendid boost, almost $2,000 added to it, 
for the year, and best of all, normal support of the various 
institutions of the denomination were given healthy increases. 
This indicates a gTowing consciousness of the larger rela- 
tionship of the individual member, beyond that of merely 
local giving. 

The organization of the Sisterhood and Signal Lights, 
with a reorganization of our C. E., resulted in a great 
advance in attendance to equal the adult membership attend- 
ance, for which we are glad. Our youth hold out the promise 
of future vigor and vitality. We hope the time may come 
when we may have a larger and better organized group of 
young people than we now have. The new building when it 
is erected may furnish the enthusiasm and equipment, with- 
out which very little can be done. 

The Muncie church has the honor of calling into the 
active ministry two splendid men and their wives, this past 
six months, Brother E. D. Burnworth and Brother A. R. 
Baer. The prayers and love of the congregation go with them 
into their new fields of labor. Beside this we have an out- 
standing young man about ready for the Seminary at Ash- 

land. This we feel is a notable year of accomplishment for 
any ordinary church. So we look backward and are not only 
encouraged by the review, but look forward with a thrill of 
pride, godUi pi-ide, to the future, praying indeed that it may 
be just as notable and just as promising. 

Brother H. E. Richer and wife, of Peru, Indiana, were the 
evangelists who so successfully led us in our pre-Christmas 
meeting of two weeks. 

Sincerely in Christ, 

George H. Jones, Pastor. 


Possibly one of the busiest times we have ever experienced 
is the cause of our not having written anything for The 
Evangelist since Conference. 

The school opened on August 20th, with a good attendance, 
which tells us there is a demand for this school — thus its 
excuse for existence. 

The harvest time on the farm was also on, and this took 
time. With "Dick's" work as the motive power, the farm 
has yielded better this year. There is a real need for a MAN 
TO OVERSEE THE FARM. This should be a man who 
believes the Bible generally as fundamentalists believe it, 
and a man who knows how to make a farm produce. IS 

There was much new wiring for electricity that had to 
be done. This covered many different things. The erection of 
the John and Sarah Wheeler Home was begun in August, 
and is about done now. This required much direct attention. 
The universal opinion is, "That this is a vei-y good building." 
Economy, in the face of rapidly rising prices, has been a 
watchword. There have been no "extras" added to it at all. 
The money for this building was donated by John and Sarah 
Wheeler of Nickerson, Kansas. We believe that if they could 
be here and see this new building, they would be satisfied 
with it. 

An adequate supply of water for the work has for years 
now been a serious problem. The conviction gi-ew that only 
a new well would solve the problem. The Mission Board 
very kindly authorized this well to be drilled and equipped 
WELL, that it be properly located in order that the supply 
of water be adequate for our purposes. The well has been 
drilled, the new electric pump installed, and it gives us 
great pleasure to tell ou that it all works seemingly perfectly, 
with a good supply of good water. We praise the Lord for 
answered prayer. 

Then while all these things were on, a revival meeting was 
held from October 7th to 18th. Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer, of 
Huntington, Indiana, accompanied by his good wife, led these 
sei-vices. Splendid Gospel messages were given, souls were 
saved, the church edified, and MUCM GOOD DONE. It was 
a great pleasure for the writer and his wife to have this 
period of fellowship with this dear brother and sister. Brother 
Oberholtzer superintended the construction of the first build- 
ing erected at Lost Creek for the Brethren Church. This 
revival was immediately followed by the semi-annual com- 
munion service. 

The demand for clothing is very great. We wish you 
could see it. The donors have each been written as promptly 
as possible. 

An experience: The writer was approaching his home. 
."^t the gate he met three iiersons, all young — the youngest 

"Good morning." 

January 10, 1942 



"Will you come in the house?" 

''No," the young woman replied, "we came over here to 
sec if we could leave our brother here with you. His father 
111(1 mother are dead." 

•How old is he?" 


"What gi-ade of school work is he in?" 

"The second grade. He has never had a chance to go to 
school, and he's a good boy, and learns easily when he can 
po to school." 

"Does he smoke cigarettes?" 

"No, he never smoked." 

"Well, we cannot take him today." 

They slowly walked off. We did not have room in the little 
3uilding we are yet using. Neither did we feel that we could 
;ake in more orphan children than we now have without some 
issurance of financial help for this boy. Is there anyone, or 

gi'oup, who would like to give this boy a chance? We did 
ong to help him, for he was a fine looking lad. 

Will you pray for the work here. Problems confront us 
ivhich are beyond human power to meet. Only can they be 
net in His strength and under His leading. We thank you 
for helping in prayer. G. E. Drushal. 

to Rest 

SHEETZ —George David Sheetz was born May 9,1870 
ind died November 20, 1941, his age being 71 years, 6 months 
md 11 days. He was the son of the late David and Susan 
Saun Sheetz. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Coffelt Sheetz 
md two sons, Ray and Carl. 

The deceased was a member of the Brethren Church for 
nany years. 

The funeral services were in charge of the Rev. John F. 
Locke, due to the fact that the Rev. E. L. Miller was in 

Interment was made in the St. Luke Cemetery. 

John F. Locke. 

WERTZ. The pastor of the Muncie, Ind., church was 
:alled back to an old charge, at Conemaugh, Pa., to conduct 
the last rites over the body of one of our faithful and dear 
friends. Brother Charles Wertz. We had been his pastor in 
the years gone by and out of these many years of friend- 
ship and mutual regard, it was his wish that we be called 
for the service. A large gathering of friends and loved ones 
attended the services. Rev. William Shaffer, the present 
pastor was in charge while we brought the message of con- 

Brother Wertz leaves a loyal and faithful family of loved 
ones to moum their loss. Among them is oui- active and de- 
pendable Juniata Camp leader and Sunday School worker, 
Prof. Walter Wertz. May God comfort the widow and family 
with the blessed hope. George H. Jones. 

Nevertheless she was devout in her love for her Lord. She 
was a never failing intercessor for her pastor and her church. 
She maintained a keen interest in the affairs of the church 
so long as life lasted. The First Brethren Church was home 
to her for she never knew any other. Mrs. Bartley was a 
member when the congregation worshiped in the little frame 
church on the rear of the lot. The church suffered a distinct 
loss in her departure. Her mind was a treasure house of 
wisdom and her love, loyalty and devotion to her church were 

The funeral services were conducted in the home 13.5 S. 
Grasham Street, by the writer. Floyd Sibert. 

ALTMAN. William Altman was born December .3, 1865 
and went to sleep in the Lord August 22, 1941. Age seventy- 
five years. Mr. Altman had been ill for about two years. We 
had many pleasant visits with him. His oft repeated state- 
ment was, "We had better be ready for we don't know how 
soon we may be called." He was a retired contractor of the 
Blawnox district. He was a member of the First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh for many 'ears. He was the husband of 
the late Minnie B. Wilcox Altman. Mr. Altman was faithful 
to his Lord and his church. His home is remembered by its 
unusual Christian hospitality. 

Sen'ices were conducted by Rev. George Little while we 
were away on vacation. Rev. Little was a Lutheran minister 
of Aspinwall and visited him often during his illness. Rev. 
Claud Studebaker was in the Pittsburgh district on vacation 
and conducted a short service at the home of Mr. Altman's 
daughter, Mrs. Mabel McQuate, of Aspinwall. 

William Altman filled a distinctive place in the church and 
in the hearts of the membei'ship. But he told me many times 
that he was ready. Floyd Sibert. 

BARTLEY. Mrs. A. C. Bartley was born June 4, 1881 and 
went to sleep in the Lord December 24, 1940. She was sixty- 
nine years old. For eight years Mrs. Bartley had been ailing 
and had not been able to attend services for about four years. 

JOHNSTON. Mrs. Ida L. Johnston, jjioneer resident of 
Buffalo Center, Iowa, passed peacefullv to the life beyond 
Sunday morning November 9, 1941, being 78 years, 2 
months and 21 days old. She was the widov.' of George B. 
Johnston, who preceded her in death in 1933. Sister Johnston 
was from early youth a devout and faithful member of the 
First Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa. On occasions when 
she visited in Waterloo, she attended the services of the 
church of her choice and gave evidence of a deep spiritual 
experience and a constant walk and fellowship with her 

Sister Johnston was the daughter of David and Elizabeth 
Harrison and was born near Johnstown, Pa. She came, with 
her parents, to Iowa in 1865. In her earl- twenties she 
attended school in Edinburg, Pa., after which she taught 
school in Pennsylvania, Iowa and Minnesota. She was for a 
time a member of the Editorial staff of the Brethren Evan- 

Sister Johnston was a resident of Buffalo Center from 
1894 till the time of her death. She made a real contribution 
to the life of the community in which she lived. The esteem 
in which she was held was evidenced by the large concourse 
of people present at the funeral seivice. Active for many 
years in the W. C. T. U., American Legion Auxiliary and 
the auxiliaries of the local Methodist church. She is sur- 
vived by three daughters, six grandchildren, three sisters 
and one brother. 

Funeral sei-vices were conducted from the local Methodist 
church by Rev. A. W. Gauger of the M. E. Church and the 
writer. Another of God's dear children has gone to her eter- 
nal home. May the Lord comfort and bless the bereaved. 
Waterloo, Iowa. W. C. Benshoff. 

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Our next i.<?sue of The Evangelist will be one almost wholly 
devoted to Ashland College and Seminary. It will contain 
articles from the pens of such men as Dr. G. W. Rench, Dr. 
Martin Shively, Rev. John F. Locke, Dr. Charles A. Anspac.h 
and many others. 

The material is of much interest to each one over the Bro- 
therhood. Watch for this issue which will be off the press 

Our Moving slow and difficult 

We are working under great difficulties here in the new 
plant. We are e.\periencing difficulty in moving the large 
presses and since we must continue to operate we are being 
compelled to transfer large forms from the new building down 
to the press which is yet in the old building. Hut we are will- 
ing to withstand this inconvenience because the new building 
is so much better and working conditions are so far superior 
to the Old plant. 

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Rowsey, pastor of the Goshen, Indiana, church, we glean the 
following: "Thirty Evangelist subscriptions were received 
in one afternoon by Mrs. Maud Webb, ^^'^as yours in that 

We thank the Goshen church for their interest in the work 
here at the publishing house. The Brethren Church is be- 
ginning to wake uj) to the needs of both the general church 
and the au.xiliaries of the church. For Goshen is not the first 
church to send us in the "good news" of the drive for sub- 

the Maurertown, Va., church, (incidentally enclosing a list 
of subscriptions to The Evangelist, six in number), tells us 
of the "most enthusiastic quarterly business meeting," held 
for a long time. He reports that the treasurer's report 
brought forth much enthusiasm, adding that "that is not 
always the case at business meetings." A nice surplus re- 
mained in the treasury. But there were also other things 
that helped the meeting to go over big. 

"Paper and Ink" — "The Evangelistic Committee is laying 
plans for making February a month of Evangelism. During 
the first two weeks the activity will be three-fold. Cottapre 
prayer meetings will be conducted simultaneously in various 
parts of the city about two nights each week. Calls will be 
made by evangelistic workers. . . . During the last 
two weeks of the month we shall have revival and evangel- 
istic services each night with Rev. W. S. Bell, D. D., as the 

"That shy, smiling man you are likely to meet any time 
'round any corner in the church is our very conscientious 
custodian, Mr. Henry Schroeder. Do all you can to make his 
work easier and more efficient. 

NOW THAT LAST PARAGRAPH is one to make us- 
all think. Just how much credit do we give to the church ' 
custodian? Too often we take it is a matter of course and 
never think to tell him how much we appreciate the clean- ■ 
liness and warmth of the church building. Try it on your 
own custodian and see how much he appreciates it. 

The following note came with the report of Doctor Yoder, 
which appears in this issue of The Evangelist.. 

"I am adding this note to explain why this report has been 
mailed in the United States. My father wants me to mail 
you this report as soon as I arrive in New York. I am coming 
to the States to study commercial aviation as a trainee of 
the Inter-American Aviation Training Program, sponsored 
by the U. S. Government. I was selected as a candidate, to- 
gether with 52 others from Argentine alone who were 
awarded scholarships. 

"On hoard this shi)) (S.S.Brazil) there are also trainees 
from Urug^iay and Brazil. My visit to the U. S. will last ap- 
jiroximately eight months this time. Soon after disembarking 
in New York I will be sent to one of several Training Cen- 
ters where I can follow a course for my commercial pilots 
license. None of us know where we will be sent until we 
arrive in New York. As soon as I can send you my address I 
would ai)preciate receiving copies of The Brethren Evan- 
geli.'it. Thanking you in advance, I remain, 
Yours in Him, 

Robert Yoder. 

Xhe Editors Speak 

The Lost Yoke 

Rev. FranX Gehman 

roving wolf might either hear them or follow them 
to their wavering source. 

In the presence of the unknown, the mysterious or 
he seeming great we are likely to be over-awed. We 
lave seen people in the presence of death speaking 
n whispers when there was no real reason why they 
;hould not have spoken in moderate tones. We have 
;e€n others before some grand spectacle speaking in 
lushed accents as though a normal tone might do 
lomething unfortunate to the scene. We have seen 
)upils in school, over-awed by the seeming severity 
,uid superiority of the instructors, scarce able to 
nake themselves heard. And grown men who, in the 
'ace of authority and position, could only find their 
voices in mouse-like squeaks that would be hilar- 
ously funny under other circumstances. From the 
;ublime to the ridiculous range these human experi- 
■nces in which men seem to lose their voices in the 
motion or circumstance of the moment, and many 
)eople have experienced at least some of them. 

As we have watched the Church in her dealings 
vith the world, we have been led to believe that she 
las allowed herself to be dazzled and over-awed by 
vorldly splendor and authority until she, too, has 
argely lost her voice in their presence. Instead of 
;he thunderings of Sinai that brought a nation to 
;he feet of the living God, instead of the fiery preach- 
ng of Elijah that called an idolatrous king and peo- 
jle to account, instead of the lashing call of John 
;he Baptist that brought many out of an evil and 
idulterous generation to repentance, instead of the 
vuthoritative and discerning words of Christ that 
lierced to the very marrow of men's bones, or the 
rospel call from sin to faith by the apostles that 
;aused multitudes to cry out for the knowledge of 
ivhat to do, we have been listening to lamb-like bleat- 
ngs from out the thicket of worldly things into 
A^hich the Church has giddily plunged that appear 
;o be meant to be so very meek and mild that no 

The Church has allowed herself to be over-awed 
by the mock greatness of the woi'ld and has become 
insensible to the true greatness meant for herself. 
Seeking favors with earthly powers and institutions, 
she has forgotten to desire the favor of the heavenly. 
She is too bold and self-confident before God in the 
handling of divine truth, and altogether too apolo- 
getic and reticent before earthly authority. She 
treads heavily and speaks loudly before God, but 
treads lightly and speaks softly before the sins and 
opinions of men. We fear she has lost the godly part 
of her voice and that to no good purpose. From a 
militant and vigorous shaper and leader of public 
opinion she has become a meek and lowly follower 
of public opinions. As a foolish dog that knows not 
her master's voice, she dashes hastily from one 
whistling boy to another and keeps herself worn out 
trying to answer all the false leads from those who 
would draw her aside from her real mission and 
purpose. Instead of speaking boldly and forthrightly 
upon the authority of her charter and commission, 
she allows others, largely unchallenged, to declare 
their theses and to question her commission. Her 
prescribed oracles match her strength of conviction 
and the one can be heard no further than the other 
can be felt. Because the Church has lost the "Thus 
saith the Lord" out of her preaching, she has come 
to this sad plight. 

She possibly could not prevent her child, education 
— wilful offspring that it proved, from setting up 
strange fetishes, but she did not need to bow down 
to them as her gods. Much modern education has 
shifted the emphasis from the revealed facts of 
God's Word to the trembly basis of confused masses 
of scientific fact, fancy and foolishness. Science can 
never agree fully with God's Word, for science is 
man-made, while the Bible is God-given. The Bible 
is thus the final authority known to men on any 
question whereupon it touches. More and more, open- 

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minded students of science are learning that when 
its facts are at last well established they agree with 
tlio Bible. Each generation sees many scientific the- 
ories exploded and new ones advanced. Each genera- 
tion, in love with learning itself and, like the Ahen- 
ians, interested always in hearing something new, 
(|uaffs deeply of the cup of worldly wisdow with 
scarce any to say it "Nay!" for the Church's voice 
has been feeble before the imposing image of worldly 
learning. The lost voice of divine authority is the 
majoi- tragedy of much modern education. 

Because the visible Church is very much in the 
world — and often far too much of the world — she 
has walked with worldly lovers in the sickly moon- 
light of mundane knowledge rather than with her 
heavenly Lover in the golden sunlight of God's unal- 
terable truth. Though knowing the true Cod. she 
built shrines to the gods of her lovers and, like Sol- 
omon of old, followed after strangers. She courted 
the gods of the world and con.-^oi-ted with its idols. 
Compromised beyond measure, over-awed by the 
pretentious greatness of the company she has kept, 
blind to much of the eternal certainty of the truths 
of her Bible, convictions weakened and courage de- 
moralized, her tremulous voice of half-conviction can 
scarcely be heard above the babel sounds of a gener- 
ation intellectually intoxicated, spiritually bankrupt, 
yet louder than the loudest in the proclamation of its 
own lopsided attainments. 

As those shallow, earthly foundations crumble and 
the whole ill-consti'ucted structure trembles on the 

verge of eventual collapse, God grant that the 
Church may, by a heaven-sent miracle, recover the 
sense of her divine mission, see her Bible once more 
through the eyes of faith, and lift her voice this once 
more in thundering denunciation of all sin and in 
Christlike pleadings foi' all men everywhere to re- 
pent and turn to God in Eternal Salvation. Today 
bold men get the hearing; let the Church be very 
bold in her teaching of the Bible. Let her cry out 
loudly and pei'sistently the undying word of Scrip- 
ture that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven 
against all unrighteousness and that only those men 
need die who do not heed her gospel invitation. Let 
her drop forever her apologies to and apologetic 
manner with modern systems of learning, and let 
lier declare with the conviction of divine authority 
that there is no truth which differs from God's Word. 
Modern civilization, with all its accomplishments, is 
only a tangled wilderness with pitfalls of false the- 
ories and wild beasts that are lies when it comes to 
spiritual and eternal issues. The Church can guide 
men through these dangei's to safe havens, but she 
will have to lift her voice in clai'ion tones that all 
can hear and understand. Little Boy Blue asleep in 
the haystack while the sheep were in the meadow 
and the cows in the corn had no more need to awake 
to his duty and to blow his horn than the Church has 
today to awake to her unalterable responsibility and 
to vigirously preach her message and push her mis- 
sion come devil, liigh \\ater or what may. 


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Prophetic Questions 

A letter from a brother says: "You speak of 'the 
times of the Gentiles' as being a period of 860 sab- 
batic weeks instead of seventy sabbatic weeks as 
in the prophecy of Daniel 9:25-27. If you would 
tell us the starting point of this period we would 
then know the ending point." 

The need of caution in dealing with chronological 
cycles lies in the fact that even with a correct start- 

Dr. C. F. Toder 

ing point it is easy to make a mistake as to the end- 
ing point. 

Daniel in captivity remembered the prophecy of 
Jeremiah that the Jews, on account of their sin in 
disobeying the law of the seventh-year sabbath (by 
which the land was to lie unreaped every seventh 
year) during a period of 490 years, were to go into 
captivity seventy years that the land might enjoy 
the rest prescribed by the law. He gave himself to 
a study of the scriptures in order to learn whether 
the starting point of the captivity was the year 
when he himself and his companions from leading, 

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families of Jews, were carried away to Babylon, or 
whether it should date from the larger group taken 
later, or from the destruction of the temple, or from 
the taking of the last of the remnant of the people. 
Instead of being reproached for "tryii-^? to find out 
times and seasons which God has kept in His own 
hands," Daniel was greatly loved, and was blessed 
with new and grander revelations of the future his- 
tory of his people Israel. See Daniel 9:1-24. 

Among these revelations there is one that helps 
us to be more certain of the starting date of the 
larger cycle which measures the "times of the Gen- 
tiles." It is the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's 
dream the vision of the great statue. The statue 
begins with the head of gold, and Daniel says to 
Nebuchadnezzar, "Thou art this head of fjold." It is 
true that some ma-ntain that the king stood for his 
empire and that we should count from the founding 
of the empire, but the language of the prophecy does 
not warT-ant this view. The following empires are 
called kingdoms but not the first. The Babylon of 
the prophecy begins with the head of Gold, which 
was Nebuchadnezzar the great king. It was he who 
cai-ried away the Jews into captivity according to 
the prophecy of Jeremiah. Just seventy years from 
the first deportation the city of Babylon was con- 
auered by Cyrus and in his first year the decree for 
the I'eturn of the Jews to their own land was given. 

Common chronology gives the date of the first 
year of Nebuchadnezzar as sole king as 604 B. C, 
but the first captives, including Daniel, were taken 
to Babylon before this date and the last ones twenty 
years later than this date. From what point in this 
quartei- of a century should we count to find the end 
of the Gentile age? 

Grattan Guinnes, an able English writer and as- 
tronomer, wrote two very instructive books on the 
subject and chose the year of the destruction of the 
temple and city as the proper date. That was the 
year 587 B. C, common chronology. As 2520 years 
(7x360 sabbatic weeks) from 587 B. C. run out in 
1934, superficial writers have scoffed at the his- 
toric theory of the fulfilment of these long prophetic 
cycles and refuse to give it any consideration what- 
ever. A more sensible course would be to search the 
Scriptures to see if perhaps Mr. Guinnes might be 

By doing so we find that in Jer. 52:30 the latest 
deportation was not in 587 B. C, but in 581. The 
year 604 B. C. being the first of Nebuchadnezzar, 
the 23rd would be 23 years later, or 581 B. C. From 
this date the 2520 years end in 1940 or 1941. If the 
Gentile governments are not being broken into 
pieces now, then what is happening? 

However, the common chronology has been shown 
to be 80 years in error because it is based on the 
calculations of Ptolemy in the second century A. D. 
who counts two Persian kings that cannot be found. 

The chronology of the Bible as worked out by Dr. 
Anstey and others, shows that the date of the last 
transportation of captives was 501 B. C. From this 
date to 1941 there are 2442 solar years of 365 Vi 
days each, or a total of 891,940 days. In a lunar 
year there are 354 days. Dividing this we get 2520 
lunar years, less only 14 days. Thus the present 
world ci'isis is indicated by both common and Bible 
chronology. The difference between the two is very 
approximately the difference between the solar and 
lunar time in 2520 years, and this period is the 
transition period from one dispensation to the next. 

If, however, instead of counting from the latest de- 
portation of the Jews, we count from the first year 
of King Nebuchadnezzar, 526 B. C, Bible Chronol- 
ogy, then the 2520 years runs out in lunar time in 
1917, the rearrangement of the nations after the 
World War. If we count in calendar time of 360 
days to the year, which was the most ancient method, 
the cycle runs out in 1956, which is just 6000 years 
from the creation of Adam. If we count in solar time 
then the cycle ends in 1996. These intervening years 
will witness the reorganization of the world on the 
basis of Christian principles. 

There ai'e many more things that might be said, 
but these are sufficient to show that it is no more 
wise to set the precise date of the coming of the Lord 
than to keep declaring for a whole generation that 
the social and other signs show that He is right at 
the door. 

VARNER — Mrs. Lucinda Ann Varner, a resident of Tur- 
lock, California, and a member of the Turlock Brethren 
Chuixh, departed to be with the Lord on November 24, 1941. 
She was a native of Okalusa, Iowa. 

She leaves to mourn, her husband, James L. Varner, a 
son Harry, and daughters Bertha D., Maude, Bess and Artie; 
eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was 
71 years of age. 

For about fifty years she had resided in Turlock, and 
during this time was a faithful member of the Brethren 
Church of Turlock, serving in the office of deaconess all 
this time. The church militant on earth yields a noble, hum- 
ble, cheerful soldier of the Cross to the Church Triumphant. 
Many friends and neighbors gathered for her funeral. It 
was a pleasure to know her. God will sustain those who 
remain. J. Wesley Piatt, Officiating Minister. 

Ripon, California. 

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Our Children's Department 


l>ear Children: 

You remember, children, how troubled Jacob was when he 
heard that the Egyptian ruler wanted to see Benjamin, and 
that he said his youngest son should not go down into Egypt. 
But after some time, when the corn they had bought was 
all gone, .Jacob said to his sons, "Go down to Egypt and buy 

But Judah answered: "We cannot go unless we take Ben- 
jamin, for the ruler said he would not see us unless we 
brought him. If you will let him go, I will take good care 
of him, and I, myself, will die rather than let anything 
happen to him." 

At last Jacob said, "Well, you may take him, but it will 
break my heart if any harm comes to him." 

He then prepared a present for the ruler of the best things 
that he had — some sweet spices, some honey and different 
kinds of nuts — and told his sons to take money to pay for 
the corn they had before and that which they wished to buy. 

When they reached Egypt, and Joseph saw that they had 
brought Benjamin, he told his servants to take them to his 
own home, as he wished them to dine with him. The brothers 
were frightened when they were taken to the ruler's house. 
They thought it was because money had been found in their 
sacks. They told his butler how they had found the money 
and that they had brought it back again. And he said, "Do 
not be afraid, I knew you had paid the money before." 

Then Simeon was brought out of prison, and I am sure he 
was very glad to see his brothers again. They all wondered 
at the beauty of the ruler's home. Tall trees and lovely 
flowers were in the large gardens and there was a little 
pond in the center which kept everything fresh and green. 
The brothers were given water to wash their hands and 
feet when they entered the house. Here they found thick, 
soft carpets and rugs, sofas and couches of different wood 
beautifully carved, and tables of ivory and gold, while vases 
of lovely flowers were to be seen everywhere. The brothers, 
who had lived in simple tents, must have thought all this 
very grand, and they weie still more astonished when they 
were invited to eat with the ruler. 

When Joseph came in, the brothers bowed low before him. 
Then they gave him the presents which their father had 
sent. Joseph asked, "Is your father well?" 

How glad he must have been when he heard them answer, 
"He is in good health." 

When he saw Benjamin, he asked, "Is this your youngest 
biother, of whom you told me?" 

And then he said to Benjamin, "God l)e gracious unto 
thee, my son." 

But children, he was so glad to see his younger brothei' 
that he could not keej) back the tears, so he went into his 
bedroom to weep. Sometimes we weep for joy as well as 
for sorrow. He did not wish has brothers to know that he 

had been crying, so he washed his face and then came and 
asked them out to dinner. 

The dining room had beautiful pictures on the walls and 
all decorated in gold. Many, many servants waited upon 
them, placing wreaths of lovely blossoms upon their heads 
and garlands of roses upon their shoulders, and bringing 
them delicious food. Musicians played sweet music as they 
ate. Joseph did not eat with them, for as a ruler he had to 
sit at a table by himself; but what surprised his brothers 
most of all was that they were seated just as they were at 
home, the oldest at the end of the table, then the ne.xt older, 
and so on down to Benjamin. They could not imagine how 
the ruler knew who was the oldest. Joseph was very kind to 
them and they had such a good time at dinner. 

When they started home Joseph told the servants to put 
their money back in their sacks again. He also told his 
servant to put his own silver cup in Benjamin's sack, 
because he wanted to know if they would leave him here 
in trouble. 

Joseph sent his servants to follow his brothers and ask 
why they had stolen the ruler's cup when he had been kind 
to them. The servant searched the sacks, one by one, and at 
last he found it in Benjamin's sack. The brothers were 
vei-y much surprised at their brother, but do you think they 
left him? No, indeed, they all went back with him. They 
all promised to be his sei'vants. 

"No," answered Joseph, "only the man in whose sack the 
cup was found shall be my servant." 

Then Judah told Joseph how he had promised to take good 
care of Benjamin. He asked to be the servant in place of 
his young brother. Joseph was happy to see that his brothers 
had become kind, so he told them who he was. He kissed 
them all, and told them to bring their father and their 
families and he would make a home for them until the 
famine was ovei-. They were all happy again. 
With love in Christ's name, 

Aunt Loretta. 

January 17, 1942 

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In answer to request, Sunday, January 4th was declared as 
Decision Day at the Linwood Brethren Church, by the Sun- 
day school Superintendent. A fine young girl and two young 
men gave their hearts to the Lord. Not so many in number, 
but surely the angels rejoiced when these names were written 
in the Lamb's Book of Life. Rev. A. B. Cover received their 

We are glad to report that Rev. Cover is back taking active 
part in the Lord's work again. 

On Sunday, January 11th, after the Sunday School hour the 
invitation was given again and three more young men con- 
fessed Christ as their Savior. 

A very impressive dedicatory service was then held when a 
gorgeous set of flags — the Christian Flag and the American 
Flag — was presented to the church by the Loyal Crusaders 
Class. This is the young people's class. 

Following this. Rev. Cover administered baptism to the six 
candidates. Rejoice with us at adding this number to the 

Olive Messier 


The church met in quarterly business meeting on January 
12th. Much business was considered; reports from various or- 
ganizations were given. Each of these organizations have de- 
finite projects and obligations. They are meeting the same in 
a very commendable way. 

The pastoral report by Brother Flora was given. He has 
spent hours in prayer, labor and service for his people. 

Brother Harry Gilbert, who has been acting as lay pastor 
of the Brighton Church, was given a call to the ministry. Bro- 
ther Harry has been active in the church for years. We pray 
the power of God will keep and sustain him as he serves his 

Our special evangelistic effort with Dr. Bell will begin the 
middle of February. The weeks preceeding this effort will be 
spent in prayer. Calls will be made wherever contacts can be 
made. Classes in personal evangelism are being held that 
more efficient work may be done. 

January 14th the Woman's Missionary Society observed a 
day of prayer — a day of closer unity, of inspiration and up- 

Our Cash Day, January 11th, was a day of rejoicing and 
thanksgiving. The finance chairman. Brother Paul LaDow, 
reports more than 27 percent of the church's indebtedness on 
the new church building has been paid the first year. 

The church decided to adopt Brother Charles F. Yoder, 
senior missionary to South America, as our personal mission- 
ary — our new project. 

The Lord has graciously blessed our people the past year. 
The work has been strengthened and a greater vision for ser- 
vice has come. May His Spirit continue to abide with the 
pastor and his people. 

Edna Nicholas 


I have just returned from another quarterly visit to our 
missions in Rosario and Buenos Aires and am glad to report 
that the work is going forward nicely in both places. 

In Rosario I preached several nights to audiences that 
filled the halls and to Sunday schools that are ever on the 
increase. There are three in Rosario but they combined in one 
summer vacation Bible school which is to be conducted dur- 
ing nearly the whole of the vacation. At present a part of 
the time is devoted to the preparation of the Christmas pro- 
gram. Five more new members have been added to the mission 
in Rosario since my last visit. They are all adults who will be 
valuable heliiers in the work. Their families were added to the 
Sunday school. 

So far it has been impossible to find an available hall as 
large as the work demands, but there are vacant lots that 
can be purchased at a low price and on easy terms. By 
building according to our needs we could not only have 
greater success but with what we now pay for rent we 
could in from seven to ten years pay for a nice property. 

In Gerli, Bs As, we found the vacation Bible school with 
a good attendance and a demand to continue the school dur- 
ing the summer. There is much enthusiasm for the Christmas 
program and a demand for a larger hall and also a hall for 
a branch mission. Brother Anton has as applicants for bap- 
tism a young man and his wife who want to he workers. May 
the Lord open the way for them to realize their desire. 

In Gerli, for lack of a suitable house and hall combined, 
they are separated five squares, some meetings being held 
at one place and some in the other. Although there is no other 
mission in this suburb there are workers in districts on either 
side so small minded as to go from house to house in our 
field to work against us. But the Lord is blessing our work. 

In Cordoba the priests, in learning of our work, immedi- 
atelv opened a school across the street from us, using a 
vacant lot in which to gather the children by use of candy 
and prizes, to teach them the Catholic doctrine. However, 
here, as in all large cities, there are thousands of people 
who have turned against Romanism and cannot be tempted 
to return. 

At first the jieople were slow to come, but as they are 
getting acquainted with us they are beginning to come. Our 
Sunday classes have reached a combined attendance of about 
fifty and new people are becoming interested right along. 
The summer vacation Bible school has been the means of 
bringing quite a number of new children and both children 
and parents are so well pleased with the school that we plan 
to continue it on certain days all summer. I have been 
giving a series of studies on prophecy also which are ap- 

Our Christmas program prepared by the Sunday school 
and Vacation Bible school was very successful. As we have 
no room large enough for such occasions we used the open 
court, which, however is more than half under roof. Since 
the people of the district are beginning to come we believe 
that the work will grow rapidly. The pastor, Roberto Roma- 
nenghi, will doubtless have more to say in his next report 

We pray that the extension of the war may mean a more 
si-ieedv termination, and that in any case the work of evan- 
gelism may not suffer because of the needs of the work of 
defense. The suppression of the liquor and tobacco traffic, 
and other revenues from vice, would provide ample income 
for defense. In fact if nations obey the Lord as they should 
He will be their defense. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Our son Robert has been awarded an aviation scholarship 
by the International Commission which will mean six months 
of training in commercial aviation in the U. S. He leaves on 
the same boat with this letter. 

C. F. Yoder. 

Phil Burnworth and the pastoi- is very gi-ateful for the 
earnest interest of these consecrated young people in the 
work they are sponsoring. We have also organized a Boys' 
Brotherhood sponsored by the pastor. Our Sunday School, 
W. M. S. and S. S. M's. are doing well Some members are 
being added to our church. Yours in Christ, 

Rev. P. M. Naff. 


A year has now passed since I came from Virginia to be 
pastor of the fine people of this church. Many blessings have 
come our way, many gifts have been bestowed upon us, and 
many kindnesses shown to us, during the year. Also some 
forward stei)s have been taken under the good hand of our 
God ui)on us. Therefore, we think it high time that we tes- 
tify to these things so that our Brethren in other places 
may know that we are still upon the map of Brethren 
churches and that God is manifesting His presence and 
favor among us. 

A year ago this month, a short time after we had arrived 
on the field, our congregation called us over to the church 
on a special occasion and filled two long communion tables 
with gifts of many necessary things, including some cash. 
Our ])antry was well stocked and the cash enabled us to add 
to the poor stock of furniture we had been able to bring 
from Virginia. We are certainly thankful to the Lord and 
to these good people. 

A revival service was held for two weeks last January 
with the new pastor doing the preaching. Weather was bad, 
but attendance and interest were good. Tears were seen on 
faces and the church was stirred and strengthened. The 
pastor spent most of the two weeks in exposition and appli- 
cation of one short passage in Luke. People were amazed 
to see how a familiar passage had so much in it that they 
never suspected was there. Several said they did not want to 
miss a single one of these messages, others expressed regret 
that they had to miss some. All agreed it was real Bible 
truth. The pastor loves evangelistic work, has been blessed 
with success in it, and would be glad to hold evangelistic 
meetings for other churches. 

Later in the year we had a series of special messages on 
on the Parables of the Kingdom in Matthew l.j which also 
was very much appreciated according to the testimony of a 
goodly number. We are one of the churches which have a live 
Prayer Meeting. We have a season of prayer which is real 
and encouraging and helpful and has doubtless gained the 
power of God to stave off much of the fierce opposition of 
the enemy which we have felt in many ways since coming 
to this field, and also gained His blessed working to purge 
away some feelings and attitudes which were hurting and 
harming and which, under His wonderful blessing, are dis- 
appearing. In this season of prayer we do not say, Now we 
will be led in prayer by So and So. We say. Are there any 
special requests for prayer? And after these are stated we 
all go to prayer. Always there are many volunteer prayers, 
and sometimes all pray. Then we have a pei'iod of Bible 
study. We have studied through the book of Romans and 
are now half way through Daniel. Testimonies that this 
service has been a blessing are not lacking. In August we 
had Rev. A. B. Machlin, of the Buffalo, N. Y. branch of 
the American Board of Missions to the Jews speak in our 
church in the morning and evening services. Other churches 
of Roann joined with us in these special services. Attendance 
and interest was good and a generous offering was sent to 
the work of evangelizing the Jews by the hand of Brother 
Machlin. The pastor and many in our church would be 
pleased to repeat this again this summer. 

We have organized a Christian Endeavor Society under 
the leadership of Miss Norma Fowler and Mr. and Mrs. 


For some time I have desired to report to the brotherhood 
the activities here in the Flora First Brethren Church. After 
six months of service, the pastor can report his own growing 
ardor to serve the gTeat cause of Christianity. The work 
with the membership and community has been encouraging 
and inspiring. 

A fine home coming day was held last October 5th. More 
than 17-5 were present. A fine fellowship, a fine dinner, a 
fine program, a fine address by Rev. W. R. Deeter (Bur- 
liiig-ton) rounded out a perfect day. 

Following the home coming, our two weeks revival was 
held. The pastor spoke throughout the services. Two names 
were added to our membership: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jones, 
the former by baptism and the latter by letter from the 
Burlington church. 

Following the revival, our communion was held. Rev C. C. 
Grisso assisted, and the result was a most worshipful and 
cleansing event. 

Our C. E. has been quite interesting, and well attended. A 
good percentage of our youth are faithful workers in various 
church activities. 

The W. M. S. has been going along in a fashion long ex- 
isting at Flora — "banner-like"! A new garage has been 
built upon the parsonage lawn. Other projects are planned, 
and it is truly a forward-looking group of ladies who make 
up this department. 

The Sisterhood is gathering momentum and will make its 
contribution to the church program. 

Sunday school attendance has been good. A fine percentage 
of the Sunday school attendance consistently remains for the 
worship hours. This figure is most frequently about 90%, 
and once was considerably over 100%. 

Our attendance has not been alone in our services, but 
we have loyally taken our place alongside the cooperating 
churches in the community. On one occasion Dr. J. R. Schutz 
of North Manchester, most delightfully assisted in our union 
service. A fine, uplifting Universal Week of Prayer service 
was held, and our group attended — more than 40 Brethren 
being present on the concluding night. 

We, too, have felt the grim coolness under the gathering 
shadows of war — and have seen some of our fine boys go to 
serve the colors. To ours, and to yours, we pay tribute. 

Though we have been blessed by a calm, steady progress, 
the membership has lost the fine companionship of both 
Brother John Sieber (on January 11th at 86 years and 5 
months) and Brother Francis Tinkle (on January 7th at 
77 years). 

An enthusiasm for the growth of the whole brotherhood 
is growing here. We are well aware that widespread unity 
of purpose and action alone can substantially serve our God 
in this day. Therefore, we desire to grow in our support of 
the total denominational church program. While we are work- 
ing to stabilize our own local efforts, we desire to support 
adequately each separate phase of the activities of the broth- 
erhood. Bert Hodge, Minister. 



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Some of our friends have been asking why there has been 
no report of the progress of the work at this place, so we 
are offering a few items that may be of interest to the 

The writer took charge of this work on May 1, 1941, 
coming at the call of the congregation and under the super- 
vision of The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church 
and the Pennsylvania State Mission Board. The group which 
extended the call to the writer is the group that were forced 
out of the original congregation now under the domination of 
the Dictator-rule of those who would be considered the real 
Bi-ethren Church. In this group there were about 6.5 mem- 
bers, who organized themselves into a Brethren Church and 
began conducting services, having preaching services when- 

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Oakville. Indiana. Brother S. M. Whetstone prints the names 
not only of the new Sunday School officers, but also a com- 
plete list of the teachers in the school. This causes us to 
wonder just how many of the members of the Sunday School 
know even the names of the teaching staff of their school. 
Do you know who is responsible for the teaching that your 
boy or girl is receiving? Have you ever paused to speak a 
word of appreciation to the teachers of your school? It won't 
cause you any inconvenience and it will help a great deal. Try 

Bryan, Ohio. We sec that the month of February has been 
.set aside as "Go to Church month." The following suggestion 
in the announcement is one that might be taken seriously by 
each of us: "If you have to miss one Sunday, try and make up 
for it by bringing some one else with you the next Sunday." 

Goshen, Indiana. We note that on the evening of January 
18th that the Goshen church had a special service entitled, 
"The Life of Our Lord in Song." It included the birth, youth, 
friendship, refuge, cross, resurrection and second coming of 
Jesus. Often this type of service has a marked influence on 
our rethinking the life, suffering and glorification of our 
Lord. It, no doubt, formed a fine basis of thinking about the 
matter of getting ready for the revival services which will be 
held soon in the Goshen church with Rev. John F. Locke as the 

Dayton, Ohio. We quote from the bulletin of January 18th. 
"Again we are going to relinquish our Tithe Week and Cash 
Day Offering for a trreat cause Other or'Tani7-t-;n"~ f>f nnr 
denomination are building as well as ourselves. The Publish- 
ing Company at Ashland has just completed their new build- 
ing across from the College Campus. (Not completed as yet — • 
Editor) AU the Publication Day Offering this year will gn 
for the new building. Everyone give something — Also TAKE 

Smithville, Ohio. We glean the information from the Smith- 
ville bulletin that a new departure is to be tried in the Sunday 
evening service of February Sth. The young people will have 
charge and will debate some of the issues of the church as 
related to young people. Brother Dodds, genial pastor, will 
then speak on the subject chosen. This service bids fair to be 
worth while. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. Bulletin of January llth. "In recognition of 
their faithfulness and long years of service, Ira Wilcox and 
Fred Stalker were elected Stewards of the First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh for life. This was done at the annual 
business meeting held January 7, 1042. With the title of 
Steward Emeritus these two beloved fathers of the church 
are retiring from active service. We feel they have met fully 
the qualifications set forth in T Corinthians 4:2, 'It is required 
in stewards, that a man be found faithful.' We hope to have 
the dignity of their presence and the wisdom of their advice 
with us for many years to come." 

It is fitting that those who have borne the brunt of the 
battle in years past have honor conferred upon them, even as 
these two fine soldiers of the cross. 



We are more than glad to devote practically all of 
!the present issue of The Evangelist to the work and 
ineeds of our College and Seminary. 
! These are critical times for colleges and particu- 
larly denominational colleges. Ours comes under the 
last category. Ashland College and Seminary is our 
College and Seminary — it stands for our denomina- 
tional ideals. It expresses our belief in education — in 
the knowledge of things, both temporal and spiritual. 

In the years we personally have spent within its 
walls, years abundant with joys and replete with in- 
istruction in the important things of life ; in the years 
iof pastoral experience and its attendant relation to 
jthe student body, through Gospel Teams and indi- 
ividual contact; and finally in the past year, in re- 
Inewed close relation with its work, we desire to 
again testify to its importance in the life of youth 
and its influence upon their ideals and daily living. 

And so we feel no hesitation in devoting the pres- 
'ent space in The Evangelist to this, our school of 
higher learning. 

j Our Ministry 

One of the most important things that faces the 
Brethren Church today is a renewed interest in the 
need for the coming ministry of the church. More 
lives consecrated to the preaching of God's Word. 
More young men looking forward toward training 
that will enable them to fill the pulpits of those who, 
as age advances, must of necessity turn the task of a 
continuing ministry over to other hearts, hands and 


It is not just the immediate need, but by the 
time young men are trained to this task, more and 
more of our older men will be laying aside the bur- 
Iden of the heat of the day. 

As the ranks must of necessity be depleted in this 
[Christian warfare, there must be trained recruits, 
iready and willing to step into the breach and fill the 
[gap thus made, in order that there be no weakening 
jof the lines where the enemy may strike and over- 

Young man, are you thinking of this opoprtunity ? 

Effective Preaching 

Effective preaching is done more with the life than 
with the mouth. People today are not so much listen- 
ing to the words of the Christian, both in and out of 

the pulpit (and by the latter phrase we mean both 
the ministry and the laity) as they are watching the 
lives that the Christians live. It is very easy to say 
things that have the ring of true Christian thinking, 
but it is not so easy to do the desired thing in the 
heart and make it appear bonafide to the onlooker, 
if, behind the thought there is something that is not 
measuring up to the realities of Christian experience. 

A life spent with the Lord radiates a life spent 
with the Lord. There is no substitute for this man- 
ner of living. There is nothing that will take its 
place. We need so live from day to day that, like 
Moses, our faces will shine with the radiance of 
the presence of our God. If we so live and then speak, 
we will have an effective ministry in our church, 
our homes and our community. 

Sure, Moses became discouraged because ALL 
men did not receive the teachings of God as they 
were delivered by him. But did he cease to prosecute 
the case of the Lord? Not for one moment. It only 
made him the more tenancious in his effort. It is true 
that not ALL who come within the sound of our 
voices or the influence of our lives will turn from 
the ways of evil — but some will: and that is our 
reward for faithful living. It becomes a "continuing 

Hold Fast 

We are admonished to "hold fast" to the essential 
and fundamental doctrines of the church. Our own 
"holding fast" does not in any way prohibit others, 
who have the same undying desire to see the cause 
of the Lord advance from holding fast just as we. 
We must remember that we do not all have the grasp 
upon the same identical spot in the line to which 
we hold. One's grasp may be firmer on one part of 
the Gospel's line than anothers. One may emphasize 
one portion more than another. But we must "hold 
fast" to the fact that as long as we are pulling on the 
same line (if it be the line which reaches from man 
to God) that we are helping lift the load and 
strengthen the "pull" of those before and behind. 

Who Is Responsible? 

Where does the responsibility for all this lie? The 
answer is self-evident. It lies within the individual. 
No one can assume my responsibility for me — no 
one can assume your responsibility for you. 

Won't you read over this brief editorial once more 
and meditate on its implications? F. C. V. 

The Brethren Evangelis 




President E. G. Mason 

The article entitled, Why the 
19Jt2 Campaign for Funds for Ash- 
land College and Seminary, which 
appeared in the January 10th is- 
sue of the Evangelist formally 
opened the Financial Campaign. 
Following this inti'oduction the 
present edition of the Evangelist 
is devoted to a more complete state- 
ment of the contributions of Ash- 
land College and Seminary to the 
Bi-ethren Church and to a fuller 
exposition of the needs of the in- 

In order to secure a clearer pic- 
ture of the Campaign and the rea- 
son for its introduction, the reader 
is urged to re-read the above ar- 
ticle and to read carefully all of 
the articles in this issue. 

It is not possible to publish a list 
of district workers at this time but 
an announcement will be forth- 
coming as soon as all arrange- 
ments can be completed. 


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What Ashland College and Seminary Means 
to The Brethren Church 

Dr. W. S. Bell 

Ashland College and Seminary has been insepa- 
rably identified with the Brethren Church from its 
organization in 1883 to the present time. 

The founders of our denomination and its leader- 
ship recognized from the beginning the imperative 
need of an educational institution if the church was 
to grow and have a future. They realized as we do, 
that no denomination can hope to make growth and 
perpetuate itself without its own educational insti- 
tutions for the training of its leadership. 

In a large degree Ashland College and Seminary 
has been responsible for the education and training 

of the ministry of the church through its entire his- 
tory. Approximately seventy-five per cent or more 
of the ministers of the church received their educa- 
tion in Ashland College and Seminary. 

It can readily be understood that if the church' 
had been obliged to depend on other denominational 
schools with varied theological differences for the 
training of our ministiy we would have faced confu- 
sion and defeat. 

No one can estimate or over estimate the contri- 
bution that our College aiid Seminary has made to 
the church through its history. 

January 24, 1942 

The College and Seminary are inseparably related, 
supplementing each other in giving a Christian 
education to its students. 

Those training for the ministry are required to 
have a four years college course before entering the 
seminary. The college gives this four years' course 
and refunds to the students taking the seminary 
course a substantial part of the tuition paid by them 
to the college. The Seminary charges no tuition and 
so makes possible the education of the ministry com- 
paratively free of instructional cost. We should bear 
in mind that it costs the College approximately $10,- 
000 a year to maintain the Seminary, besides the re- 
funded tuition of the seminary students while in 

In return the Seminary makes its contribution to 
the College in the spiritual activities of the campus 
and is responsible for teaching the Bible in the col- 
lege, which is required in its courses. 

Our school has faced many obstacles from its be- 
ginning to the present time. When our church was 
organized in 1883, the school was faced with many 
problems, financial embarrassment and debt. It was 
by great personal sacrifices of teachers and laymen, 
that made possible its continuation during those 
early days. 

Through many years of struggle the school has 
developed and grown to its present rank and stand- 
ing in the educational world. We have a right to 
take pride in our school, which has achieved rank 
land standing in the educational field. We have a fac- 
|;ulty of Christian men and women, with academic 
! standing and qualifications second to none. 

Ashland College and Seminary is strictly a 
Brethren institution, controlled and directed by the 
Brethren Church, for the benefit, use and interest 
of the church. 

Here the young people of our church can come 
and receive their education and preparation for their 
chosen field of work, in a school whose credits have 
the highest rating. 

Parents can send their children to Ashland Col- 
lege in the environment of the Brethren Church and 
where eve^y aid is given to encouragement and 
growth in Christian living. We have here the Col- 
lege Y. M. C. A., the Young Women's Christian 
Association, Gospel teams for men and women, 
chapel exercises. Brethren Church services or Y. P. 
S. C. E., Sunday School, Choir and etc. 

Here, our young men and women receive their 
training for the ministry and missionary field. Here, 
those training for the ministry gain valuable expe- 
rience in preaching in nearby churches, in gospel 
teams and other Christian activities. 

The College and Seminaiy of necessity must look 
to the church for financial aid and co-operation, for 
no educational institution is self supporting. The fu- 
ture of our church as in the past, depends on our 
college and seminary for its leadership and the 
training of our young people, under Christian and 
Brethren environments. 

The College and Seminary represents the largest 
financial investment of the church and it has 
equally received large returns. 

Personally I feel it is imperative to the future of 
the church, that our educational institutions should 
have the fullest support of our people. 


Ashland College and the Ministry 
of The Brethren Church 




It is not too much to say that without the contri- 
bution which Ashland College has made, there would 
be no Brethren Church. More than fifty years ago. 
Dr. J. Allen Miller said to me that he was greatly 
troubled when he discovered that during the first 
fifteen years of our denominational history, that 
there were only three additions to our ministry. 
These, as I recall the conversation, were I. D. Bow- 

man, himself and the writer. He easily foresaw that 
with such a record, the denomination could not sur- 
vive. I think that it was as much this discovery as 
anything, which led him to dedicate himself to the 
task of preparing young men and women to serve 
as leaders when the older men should have passed 
from the stage of action. He had no feeling but one 
of profound respect for the men whom he found in 
the forefront as leaders of the church — such men 
as Holsinger, Brown, Bashor, Burnworth, Bauman, 
Yoder, Gnagey, Swihart, Tombaugh, and others, but 
since all these and some others were in middle life 
and older, unless others would be prepared to take 
up the tasks when these should have to yield, the 

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church, no matter how splendid its theology and its 
objectives, would fail. It was this situation as much 
as anything, which led J. Allen Miller to dedicate 
himself to the task of preparing younger men to 
succeed them, as they should have to relinquish the 
tasks. Thus when he and Dr. Garber reopened the 
college after a period during which its doors had 
been closed, he issued a call for young men to come 
for such preparation as he felt ready to give them. 
And to this call a considerable number responded. 
Among these were Beachler, the Burnworth broth- 
ers, J. A. Garber, DeLozier, Boardman, the Ronks, 
C. I. Shock, Benshoff, Piatt, Ed Miller, Vanator, and 
others. It is not too much to say that without the 
great contribution which these and other like them 
made, there would be no Brethren Church today. To 
the end of his life, Dr. Miller lived only to do the 
work to which he had devoted himself, and no mat- 
ter what the church could do to express its apprecia- 
tion for what this man of God had done, the debt it 
owes could never be repaid. It may interest my 
readers to know that once each year a chapel service 
is devoted as a memorial to him. 

.Ashland College has never been exclusively a sem- 
inary and the student body has come from a wide 
list of denominational backgrounds, but it has of- 
fered its service to Brethren especially with a 

definitely religious accent upon all its activities. In 
accordance with the statement in its original charter, 
however, one of its chief aims is the preparation of 
young men and women for definitely religious serv- 
ice, no matter for what fields of service they came, 
seeking preparation. It is an institution which be- 
longs to the Brethren Church, and its endowment 
funds are almost exclusively the product of Brethren 
contributions. As many of the members of its faculty 
as possible, are members of the Brethren Church, 
and all are definitely Christian. It stands willing 
and anxious to serve the church in every way pos- 
sible, and all who are in any way associated with it, 
regret that Brethren people do not avail themselves; 
more of the advantages which it offers. While s 
considerable number of its student body, both past 
and present have come from Brethren homes, fault 
for the fact that the number has not been larger,, 
does not lie at its doors. It stands now, as it has 
always stood, ready to serve the cause of Christ 
and the church which gave it being. And I close this 
brief paper as it began, — There would be no Breth- 
ren Church if there had been no Ashland College 
and without the service for which it was brought 
into being, and which it still renders, there can bt; 
no Brethren Church in the years which lie ahead. 


Ashland College and the Future 
of The Brethren Church 

It is most certainly reasonable to suppose that 
every Brethren parent has the desire for his chil- 
dren which is expressed in the prayer of St. Paul : 

"We do not cease to pray for you, and to desire 
that you might be filled with the knowledge of His 
will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that 
ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, 
being fruitful in every good work, and increasing 
in the knowledge of God." (Col. 1: 9, 10.) 

Yet, if there were nowhere else to educate your 
child other than secular, tax-supported institutions 
of learning, the likelihood of your boy or girl know- 
ing the will of God, or even believing in God, is not 
to be taken for granted. If the rising generation of 
Brethren young people were all to be educated in 
state universities they would probably be less Chris- 
tian, and surely less Brethren. For a ministrj'^ for 
our pulpits we should then be in dire straits indeed ! 

Rev. John 
F. Locke 

The church colleges of America have educate 
practically ail of our Protestant ministers. There i 
a simple reason why this is the case. That reason is 
The aim of the Christian college is to teach a perso; 
all wisdom in order to present him perfect in Jesu 
Christ. After four years of Christian teachers, Chris 
lian environment and social activities, the youn 
nien and women emerge from our college uith 
different equipment for leadership and for life, tha 
those who have spent four years where spirituj 
realities were crowded out of the classroom and of 
the campus. 

Certain denominations have sought to overcom 
the secularizing atmosphere of many of our grea 

January 24, 1942 

state universities by building a church just off the 
edge of the campus or by founding clubs of the stu- 
dents of their faith and employing a trained worker 
as a spiritual leader for them. But all o_^f this is but 
the tossing in of a few crumbs of religion, whereas, 
the church college is organized around a religious 
core. There are two philosophies in conflict in the 
American educational scene. The one says that edu- 
cation is a function of the state and that it cannot be 
anything but secular in its approach and content. It 
believes that man is sufficient in himself. It does not 
Ideny God so much as it leaves Him on the outside 
bf its little universe. On the other hand, the church 
college, (to us that means ASHLAND COLLEGE) 
is frankly Christian. It is so in the choice of teach- 
ers, in the arrangement of its curriculum of studies, 
in the organization of the activities of the campus 
ommunity. At the very core of its being it sets for 
tself a Christian ideal and purpose. Its angle of ap- 
roach to the individual and to the tasks of educa- 
ion are entirely different from the secular institu- 
ions. Our college differs in the kind of teachers, in 
he kind of courses, and in the kind of approach 
vhich the instructors make toward their subjects 
md their pupils. It is not surprising that the results 
n character are also different. We have a number 
)f teachers on our faculty who have time and again 
•efused attractive offers which would have doubled 
heir salaries by now. They stayed at Ashland be- 
:ause they believe in the thing that our college is 
leaking to do. Their achievements have been out- 
tanding and their labors prodigious but their sala- 
■ies under par. 

Now our one and only college is suffering acutely 
rem the combination of circumstances which the 
rar and its attendant evils has brought upon us. 
iost Brethren will rally to the support of their col- 
ege when they realize its need, for they know that 
he college and the church we love, have a very vital 
■ekdionship. Perhaps some may say that the church 
ould get along without the college for awhile. Let 
IS say, for the sake of argument that such is the 
ase . . . for awhile. But then what would 
iiappen? For an answer to that question let us turn 
|o the Pilgrim Fathers who might have reasoned 
Iiat they could get along without a college : 

"After we builded our houses, provided necessa- 
ies for our livelihood, reared convenient places of 
worship, and settled the civil government, one of 
he next things we longed for and looked after was 
3 advance learning and to perpetuate it to poster- 
;y; dreading to leave an illiterate ministry to the 
hurches, when our present ministers shall lie in 
iie dust." 

Where would we get ministers for our Brethren 
hurches if we had no Brethren institution of higher 
'arning? You know what would happen . . . 

We Brethren are a peculiar people; by that we 
mean that we are distinctive in our faith and prac- 
tice. We regard the Bible as having an authority for 
us which all men do not admit and teach. Certain 
things are especially ours by reason of our fidelity 
to them throughout our history. How long could we 
keep these emphases if our leadership in the pulpit 
and in thfe pew cared nothing for them? 

The place to begin our thinking with relation to 
the needs of our college is with this question: How 
much does my church mean to me? If we hold our 
precious faith in sufficiently high esteem, then the 
college will not lack for friends and students, for 
the church must have the college. To fail now to 
support the college with gifts and students and our 
sincere prayers, will mean that we want the Breth- 
ren faith and teaching to be altered, or to cease alto- 

Almost any Protestant can tell you about condi- 
tions which existed immediately before the Reforma- 
tion, but I wonder how many people have gone back 
further to study what was taught in the schools to 
those who were to become the leaders of the church. 
One historian says, "Lost in the mirage of their 
subtle discussions, these logicians of theology, forgot 
the art of preaching; they could no longer speak to 
the heart, move souls, or communicate faith; they 
knew nothing save to argue, distinguish, and con- 
clude." They dealt with such questions as : 

"What is the interior construction of Paradise? 

"Is the body of our Savior clothed in the Eucha- 

"What do the angels do with the bodies which they 
use to fulfill a mission on earth?" 

"What was the color of the Virgin's skin?" 

Little wonder that Petrarch wrote to a friend: 
"Look at these men who spend their whole life in 
altercation, sophistical subtleties, in incessantly 
turning their brains upside down in order to solve 
empty little questions; and accept my prophecy as 
true concerning their future: their reputation will 
pass away with their existence, and the same sepul- 
chre will suffice to enshroud their names and their 

That prophecy has been fulfilled for a long time. 
The church became what it was when Luther nailed 
his theses to the door, because of what its leaders 
were taught. What a very fundamental thing this 
business of teaching is ! The Brethren Church cannot 
hope to neglect this vital matter without suffering 
greatly, perhaps suffering extinction as a denomina- 
tion. Surely now is the time for the Brethren every- 
where to come to the aid of their fine institution of 
learning, for it is a fine one and it is doing a splen- 


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did and progressive piece of work. It is, above all, 
the training ground for the church's future leader- 
ship, both lay and ministerial. 

Let not the foul breath of war black out the lamps 
of intellectual and spiritual life! Help now, in this 

hour of need, your college. It will be a sad day for 
democracy, as well as for the church, if the denomi- 
national colleges of this our beloved America have to 
close their doors to the boys and girls who seek a 
Christian education in order to go forth and serve 


What Ashland Collese and Seminary Means to Ministers of the Past 

Dr. G. W. Rench 

All denominations have established colleges. This 
was deemed essential to provide for, and safeguard 
their future. 

While the battle over church-schools was still rag- 
ing in the conservative group, the Brethren people 
took over Ashland College with its enonnous debts, 
and began the work of bringing order out of chaos. 
With a few others still living, I was thrown into 
that struggle, having been baptized into the Breth- 
ren Church just two years after the unifying Dayton 
Convention of 1883. That long drawnout struggle to 
reconstruct an institution "set for the defense of the 
gospel" (Phil. 1:17) was begun. For years, every 
district and general conference found that problem 
at the front. Our early church leaders, remembering 
the conflict over humanisms which again had 
brought division and disgrace upon the church, 
turned away from human creeds as a test of fellow- 
ship, and said from now on it will be "The Bible, the 
whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible." And be- 
lieve me, when we used that term "NOTHING", our 
fingers were not crossed. 

Thank God for victory. Ashland College still 
stands. It is better supported than ever; has more 
friends than ever. She knows her true friends are 
looking toward her as never before to provide a 
church leadership which will make another "Pearl 
Harbor" impossible. And, a new chapel-building is 
on the way. The W. M. S., with its superb organiza- 
tion, says so. That means it will be done. 

Ashland College has walked by faith and not by 
sight. The world has never known more sympathetic 
and self-sacrificing leaders than those of the early 
eighties. They led me to Christ. They were deeply 
moved because so many young people were leaving 
the faith of their fathers because higher education 
was frowned upon. Out of the goodness of their 
hearts, and to save many fine young people for fu- 
ture leadership of the church, the college professors 
at Ashland lived on half rations. How they prayed 
none but God will ever know. Consecrated laymen 
prayed too; but they did more. They denied them- 
selves of many home comforts in order that the 
debts on the college might be paid, and the institu- 
tion might be saved to train leaders for the Brethren 
Church. I have personally known manv of these 

choice spirits who have gone home to God. Bless God, 
they shall not lose their reward. The sad part of it 
is, the present generation has been permitted to lose 
sight of the glorious chapter in our history. Our 
literature has permitted the grass to grow over 
their graves with scarcely an allusion to their con- 
structive work while the church was trying to make 
the grade. 

My heart goes out to the boys preparing for the 
greatest work in the world, the work of the ministry. 
I know what it means to struggle through school 
without outside financial aid. But it is worth while 
1 have seen young men and their wives undauntec 
by the lack of financial assistance, become heroes 
and heroines in a month's time while keeping alivt 
in their souls the call of God to preach the unsearch- 
able riches of His grace. One of these young mer 
with his good wife (formerly an orphan girl) canu 
from my church at Milford the year I was teaching' 
at Ashland. Toward the close of the school year h( 
drove up to a house with a sewing machine. A gentk 
faced woman came to the door and said, "Take it 
around to the rear door, Sammy, (everybody callec 
him Sammy) for some other young preacher's wife 
will need it next year." The good woman had loanec 
it so that this young preacher's wife might earn i 
few dimes sewing for students and herself, whil<> 
her husband was sweeping rooms and mending shoes' 
to pay their way while in school. God bless thav 
good woman who loaned them her machine. I as! 
sisted in carrying the machine while he unfolded hiil 
plans for a week-end appointment in some nearbj 
church. He gave me a brief outline of his intendec, 
sermon, and wondered if it would do. As he hurriecj 
on I caught a new perspective of the college buildf 
ings through the pine trees, and with a mingleC) 
sigh of emotion, I said, "Surely God is in this place.'i 

My brethren whom God has graciously blessed ii| 
business; men and women with human compassioi 
in your hearts, sit down and under the tender eye 
of your Savior write your last will and testament. 
Provide for those whom you love, and then as yov 
lift your pen from the ink notice that it is tingec 
with the blood of Calvaiy, and then leave a worthy 
legacy for the College that it may all the bette: 
touch young people's lives for God and His church 

January 24, 1942 9 

Or give now whether it be much or little, and as for her field, you may have the joy bells ringing in 

you hear some preacher leading souls to the Savior your heart. Yes, there is a place "where moth and 

whom you love, or see some missionary sail away rust doth not corrupt." 


What Ashland College and Seminary Means to the Preservation 
of The Brethren Church Dr. M. P. Puterbauah 

On the morning of last November 11th we sat in 
our College Chapel participating in a special Armis- 
tice Day program. I could not refrain from thinking 
of that first Armistice Day in this same college and 
I saw five others who were there in 1918 — three of 
us were students in those days. 

Now again we are at war. Each day brings some- 
Ithing to remind us of those days of the other war; 
although many of the things today are striking by 
contrast. Of course, in those days I was a student, 
and today I am a teacher with more knowledge of 
the workings of the institution. 

As I look back on the scene of 1918 I wonder how 
the school survived that ordeal. Indeed, I wonder 
low old Ashland College survived the trials through 
;he decades. When we were going through dark 
lays a few years ago, I was heartened tremendously 
;o hear Dr. J. Allen Miller say, "I have seen Ashland 
!]ollege come through many trials and tests and I 
relieve she will survive this stress also." I, too, have 
iome somehow to have that calm assurance that 
\.shland College in the 65 years of her existence has 
erved young men and women — the Brethren Church 
—the community — ^the state — the nation and that to 
ler will rally stalwart defenders who will help her 
n hours of trial ahead. 

These defenders will have something indeed worth 
lefending. It will always be noble for loyal sons 
nd daughters to defend and support and promote 
he school that has given them mental — yea and even 
piritual rebirth. It will be no credit to any of the 
undreds of alumni to ever sadly say, "I'm sorry, 
ly alma mater has ceased to exist." 

The events of recent years have shown all mem- 

ers of the church the value of our college as a source 
f power, as a source of leaders, as a common 
reject and cause to support and unify us. 

But I am thinking especially at this time of our 
hysical plant. No one who has not seen Ashland 
'ollege in the dark days of 1918 can possibly real- 
:e how immeasurably much more there is to defend 

now than her defenders had at stake in those days. 
A beautifuul campus, five good buildings, a well- 
trained staff, a student body of about 400 in all 
departments, a comfortable starting "nest egg" of 
endowment making the financial assets of the insti- 
tution reach a mark well over a million dollars — the 
good will of the community of Ashland shown in 
many tangible ways — consideration by her sister in- 
stitutions, actually resulting in full accreditataion 
as a standard college. 

When I say that none of these achievements were 
realities in 1918 I can repeat again — Ashland Col- 
lege has come a long way; we have a worthy school 
to protect and defend and promote. 

Among the things we used to dream about in the 
earlier days, such as two candidates for the same 
position on a team, was the fond hope that our school 
should one day be accredited and hold her head high 
among her sister schools. We envisioned a day when 
young men and women who wanted to support the 
church college would be able to get training for ca- 
reers in medicine and science, law, engineering and 
business and other fields perfectly adequate and 
recognized by professional schools and the general 

That day, through toil and prayer and sacrifice 
and hope and more toil has been reached ! Thank 
God ! At last without reservation we can ask Breth- 
ren parents and Brethren pastors to send their 
young people to Ashland College with the full con- 
sciousness that the work will be standard and the 
training of the very best. There is little excuse these 
days for any young man or woman in the Brethren 
Church to go to any other college than Ashland and 
we are prepared to defend and prove this statement 
to all challengers. 

Now the new crisis faces us as well as other 
schools. Indeed, the war touches every one of us in 
many ways. What shall be our answer? While the 
details must still be worked out as the menacing 
attacks arise, yet we must assure ourselves that 


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Ashland College must be defended at all costs. 
America and the Brethren Church has never needed 
well-trained, deeply devout, steadfast, courageous. 
Christian young men and women more than today. 
Our ideals at Ashland College must remain high, our 

courage must not falter, and our standards of wort 
and achievement must never be lowered. There is 
only one way for Ashland College to go — and with 
the help of her loyal friends and God's leadei'ship 
.she will go — Forward. 



What Ashland College and Seminary Means to the Laity 

oF the Church 


Dr. R. R. Haun 

An electrical engineer speaking to a group of 
salesmen and electrical workers gave a pep talk 
on the importance of electricity in modern life by 
describing the experience that the modern city man 
would have if he woke up some morning and there 
was no electricity. It began with the fact that he 
would be late in rising because the electric alarm 
clock did not ring and followed with the refusal of 
the coffee percolator and toaster to prepare break- 
fast, the necessity of walking to work because the 
street cars were not operating, climbing twenty 
flights to the office because the elevators could not 
function and finding all machineiy silent every- 
where he turned. The story continued on through 
the day into the night with the absence of artificial 
lighting. It made a very interesting talk though it 
wa.s simple and evident in its reasoning. 

It is true, as we are beginning to learn in many 
ways today, that we generally do not fully appreci- 
ate the values of things until they are taken away 
from us. I have wondered how we would feel if we 
should awaken some morning to find that the Breth- 
ren Church no longer had a college. 

The apparent immediate discomforts might be 
very few. Of course, the appeals for money for Ash- 
land College would cease, and that would be quite 
gratifying. There would be no visits by gospel teams, 
glee clubs, and other college representatives to give 
inspiration to the local church, but this would hardly 
disturb the life of the church veiy seriously. A few 
people would lose their satisfaction and pride in the 
ownership of the college property, and all that goes 
with it, but to many that would be no important loss. 

It would be necessary to secure ministers trained 
in different denominational colleges. Some people 
would think that even that would not be very serious, 
but in time that might prove very divisive and dis- 
astrous. The results of too much difference in opin- 
ions and theology is clearly indicated in our denomi- 
national difficulties of a few years ago. Any group 

whether it is denominational or secular cannot be 
maintained without agreement of the group on the 
basis of existence. If one questions the importance of 
a denominational existence it should be remembered 
that groups of like faith and conscience will always 
arise, and there is a place for denominations just as 
there is a place for secular groups of like thought 
and purpose. If everyone can be happy in any other 
denomination then there is no need for denomina- 
tions. But if as a denomination we have a group 
viewpoint that we cherish, then we must unite to 
maintain it and we must have a unified ministry and 
leadership to do so. If there were no Ashland Col- 
lege, then it is hard to see how there could be any 
united leadership among the ministry or among 
the laity of the denomination. The college must be 
maintained as a place where youth can learn to un- 
derstand and appreciate the principles for which 
the denomination stands. If the college does not do 
that, it is not serving its denomination. 

But looking beyond the selfish borders of the de- 
nomination itself, there would be other effects if 
Ashland College suffered a permanent blackout. The 
denomination would lose one of its greatest relig- 
ious enterprises, one which is comparable in many 
ways to its missionary activities. If the Christian 
colleges were discontinued and all college students 
were trained in non-religious and non-Christian 
schools, the church would take such a setback that 
there would soon be a movement to establish mis- 
sion points in the higher institutions of learning. 
Where can the church find a better place to approach 
youth with the message of Christianity than in the 
colleges? The denominational college justifies its 
existence as a religious enterprise alone. 

Attention is just now being focused upon the im- 
portance of this M'hole matter in the current emer- 
gency. Our national leaders are undoubtedly realiz- 
ing that the suppression of Christianity in Germany 
has been at least in part responsible for the present 
philosophy of that nation. At the recent Baltimore 
conference between college leaders and govern- 
mental authorities it is very interesting to note that 
a great deal of emphasis was placed upon the ne- 

January 24, 1942 


cessity of stressing Christianity in the training of 
youth. Democracy cannot be separted from Christi- 
anity and we are exhorted to teach both more ef- 
fectively to prepare youth not only for the present 
emergency but for the readjustment period that is 
to follow the eventual close of the war. 

The light of the denominational college must not 
go out, and the light of Ashland College must be 
kept burning not only for the Brethren denomina- 
tion but for the sake of the nation and above all, for 
the sake of the youth whom the college can touch 
with the message of Christianity. 


What Ashland Coilege and Seminary Means to 
the Youth oF the Church 

Dr. L E. 

This topic was assigned to me, and I cannot re- 
frain from giving my thoughts frankly about it as 
it is worded. If this were a question, I could give 
my answer in three words — "Evidently not much!" 
In hasty explanation, please compare the number 
of Brethren young people in Ashland College, with 
those of college age outside, and in other institu- 
tions of higher learning. This is a fact which I can- 
not help mention, since I have heard a criticism 
something like this — "They shouldn't expect the 
churches to give the college any more help until 
there are more Brethren students there." 

Now, what kind of reasoning is this? Who should 
get these students into Ashland College? Dare we 
come into your church or your home and say, "I'll 
just take these young people back to Ashland with 
me?" You would say, "Who do you think you are?" 
But we have come asking for your young people. 
Did they come; did you send them? Yes — about 
thirty per cent of a small student body ! It seems to 
me — pardon my frankness — that this is passing the 
buck around in a circle. First, the Church will not 
send many of its young people; then the Church 
cannot give more support to the College until it gets 
more Brethren young people. I am trying to register 
my protest loudly against such criticisms. 

Do you attend a Brethren church just because 
it is the closest one? If you do, then you should also 
go to Ashland, only if it happens to be closer than 
any other college. Are you. a Brethren just because 
this is the cheapest religion? Then you should pay 
tuition at Ashland only if it is the cheapest educa- 
tion you can find. As a matter of fact it would only 

be a matter of Brethren loyalty to their own insti- 
tution if every Brethren family who could afford it 
would pay tuition for a student whether they send 
one or not. 

There are a good many Methodists in Ashland 
College to whom it means a great deal for the sake 
of a Christian education. There are not as many 
Methodists as Brethren, yet there is not enough 
difference in the number. A Methodist father told 
me that he was certainly glad he could send his 
daughter to Ashland because it was the best Chris- 
tian college he knew. This does not mean that the 
Methodists are taking control, as some of our former 
friends would have accused. But we could wish that 
all Brethren people were as loyal to their own col- 
lege as some from other churches are. 

There are a goodly number of Brethren youth 
here who are our loyal friends — more than a few 
years back. But there should be three times as many. 
Are you who have influence with Brethren young 
people doing all you can to bring this to pass? 

Perhaps the topic should be "What Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary should mean to the youth of the 
Church," — if all our youth were here. It would mean 
Brethren leadership in the training of higher educa- 
tion, and a training in higher education for a Breth- 
I'en leadership. We will need Brethren leadership 
more and more. These are days when Americans are 
beginning to realize the need of Christianity. Are 
we ready to capitalize on this situation with our 
"Whole Bible Message"? 

Ashland College is keeping a step ahead in educa- 
tional needs of the present time. Every young per- 
son will need all the advantages he can get, not only 
for this wartime, but the times of testing following 
this war will demand the best and the most training. 
Ashland College and Seminary should mean the 
present adequate preparation for the future time 
of rebuilding and readjustment after the war. If we 
will think Ashland, talk Ashland, make them see it, 
feel it. eat it, Brethren youth will come. I know — it 
has been done. 


The Brethren E^'ang■elist 

The Seminary 

Its Present Needs 
Dean W. E. Ronk 

Ashland Seminary has many needs, but the writer 
will discuss our most pressing ones. One of the great- 
est needs of the Seminary is students. Such a state- 
ment might be taken for granted at any time, but at 
the pi-esent the need is acute and the situation 

The Brethren Church is undergoing a crisis and 
we face a tremendous shortage of ministers. To sup- 
ply our vacant pulpits is in itself a challenge. One of 
GUI' most heart breaking experiences is to say, "I 
have no recommendations," when churches are ear- 
nestly seeking pastors. 

Our problems will be further heightened before 
many men can be graduated from the college and 
the seminary, for this is a seven year course and in 
seven years many of our present pastors will be 
much older and doubtless death will have invaded 
our ranks. 

All that I have thus far said does not take into 
account the urgent need of the mission fields, both 
at home and abroad. We must broaden our home 
base, but how can that be done without preachers? 
And where will the preachers come from? Ashland 
Seminary? We can train only as many as will come. 

At the present time the fields in all Latin Amer- 
ica are ripe for the harvest. It seems that the pres- 
ent world conditions are drawing the nations of 
this continent closer together and will add to our 
opportunities. When the war is over, who can even 
estimate the open doors before us. This is a long 
time program and we must look far ahead. Pray the 
Lord of the harvest that He will send forth workers 
into His vineyard. 

The outlook for seminaries in the United States 
is indeed very dark unless our government shall 
make some provision for exemptions from military 
services for pre-seminary students in our colleges. 
A recent meeting of educational authorities in Bal- 
timore presented such a resolution to the govern- 
ment. The resolution and the discussion is worthy of 
note of its emphasis upon the need of Chris- 
tian leadership in this time of crises. We sincerely 
hope that our government will take some appropri- 
ate action in this matter. If this is not done and the 
war continues, our seminaries and our Church in 
particular will indeed face a grave crisis. 

May I say again that our greatest material need 
at the present is students; but such a need arises in 

the last analysis in the spiritual needs of the church. 
When men fully realize that our greatest blessing is 
salvation, that men are actually dying without a 
Christ and without hope, that our task and privi- 
lege is to preach the gospel, and "Woe is me if I 
preach not," then men will respond, with joy to the 
invitation, — then Ashland Theological Seminaiy will 
have a large group preparing for the ministry. 

Ill view of the foregoing I am suggesting another 
great need and that is the full co-operation of a 
truly Spirit filled church. Pray that the Lord will 
send forth reapers and do not forget to speak a 
word of encouragement to those who are contem- 
plating the ministry as their life work. 

As the Seminary is a part of that institution 
known as Ashland College and Theological Semi- 
nary, the material needs of the college are largely 
the material needs of the seminary. When Ashland 
College needs a liberal offering, it means that the 
Seminary needs a liberal offering, and when the 
College needs special endowment funds, it means 
that the Seminary needs them. Our financial needs 
are one. Let us not forget an educational offering! 
It has never been adequate ! Let us do more this 


The Collese 

Its Present Needs 

Dr. E. G- Mason 

The needs of the College now are urgent. Urgent 
because a reduction of income from all sources in 
the next few years seems certain. The needs are 
expressed in terms of money because money is re- 
quired to purchase what we need. 

Our buildings and equipment need constant atten- 
tion as to repairs and maintenance. Our teaching 
staff must be kept intact or as nearly intact as we 
can keep it. Salaries and bills must be met when 
they are due. We shall keep oui- expenses as low as ; 
possible but dare not reduce them to the point whei'e , 
the efficiency of the institution is impaired. It is not I 
advisable to reduce salaries in the face of consider- 
ably increased living costs. 

The problem of keeping the efficiency and stand- 
ards of the college up in the face of a reduced in- 
come is a real one. We are doing ever>d;hing within 
our power to attract students ; and to increase our 
income, but we have no definite assurance that we 
will be able to do either in the years just ahead of 
us. Our only hope is to be found in increasing oun 
available funds. 

January 24, 1942 


You may say that the task of raising $150,000 
now is too great. It may be answered that a task 
as important as the preservation of the future of 
the Brethren Church is not too great for the Breth- 
ren people to undertake. It is not a tasTc beyond our 
capacity. To reduce it to concrete terms, it means 
that on the average, each member of the church 
could plan to budget $5.00 this year, 1941-42, and 
$5.00 next year, 1942-43, for this fund. In addition 
for current expenses we are asking each member for 
$1.00 per year. Therefore, if each member should 
plan a pi'ogram of saving and systematically set 
aside less than two cents per day we can meet our 
goal. In fact, it amounts to 12 cents a week for 50 
weeks. Of this amount $5.00 would go directly into 
the Revolving Reserve Fund and $1.00 into the cur- 
rent fund. And this progi'am need be followed for 
only two years. After that the annual amount would 
be $1.00 per member. 

The above amounts are goals and are set up as 
a guide to giving. Some members of the church may 
find some difficulty in meeting this goal. If each 
does all he can, those who can give more than the 
suggested amounts will offset those who cannot 
meet the amounts. What we need is co-operation and 
the ivill to meet the needs of our College and Semi- 

In the period of national crisis in which we now 
find ourselves, we will have many other demands for 
financial support made upon us. We must face them 
!all with courage and confidence. Let us now resolve 

to meet also the demands of our own College and 
Seminary. Let us resolve to meet them fully. Let 
each pastor place the need directly to his entire con- 
gregation and work to see that it meets its share 
of the need fully and completely. It takes every sin- 
gle member of each congregation to become an 
effective part of this effort. 

The district leaders will confer with each pastor 
and visit each congregation so that our canvas will 
be complete and every one will be given an opportu- 
nity to make a substantial investment in Ashland 
College and Seminary. To exceed the goal is far 
better than to fall short of it, but we must do our 

We need a united church where all the organiza- 
tions of the Brethren Church shall be supplied with 
the needs of each so that the church may go forward 
with leaps and bounds. We have never been in a 
better position to move forward than now. We are 
all working in harmony and accord and we must 
not let down. 

We should not look upon this drive simply as a 
gift to the College and Seminary. It is much more 
than that. It is an investment in the future of the 
church we all love so much. It is an investment in the 
cause of cultural and Christian education. It is an 
investment in young manhood and young woman- 

We are certain you will exert every effort to help 
us meet our goal. 


The Needs of Ashland Collese and Seminary of Interest 
to Accrediting Associations 

Dr. Charles A. Anspach 

We just returned from morning church worship 
ifter listening to an excellent sermon by the min- 
ister. He took his text from Ephesians 5:16: "Re- 
leeming the tim^es for the days are evil." He pointed 
nit that the expression is commercial in origin and 
should be translated, "Grasp your opportunities for 
Jie days are evil." 

You may be wondering what the connection is 
between the title of this article and the statement 
if St. Paul. The connection is here: Paul didn't ad- 
;/ise people to give up, to quit in despair; rather he 
vdvised them to renewed effort because the days 
vere evil. This advice is as good today as it was the 
jlay he gave it. The days ai'e evil. So evil that many 
i)f us have difficulty of seeing beyond the dark clouds 
hat envelop us. In such days some are asking why 

start a money-raising campaign for our college? 
The answer is obvious ; in order that one more Chris- 
tian institution might continue to live ; in order that 
Christian idealism and Christian teaching may find 
expresson in a time alive with forces and movements 
which are antagonistic to Christian emphases ; in 
order that the church itself may live, for if the insti- 
tutions which support her die, she will have diffi- 
culty in living. For these reasons and others we must 
"grasp the opportunities" that are ours now. 

One opportunity given us now is the responsibility 
of retaining what we have. We have a standard col- 
lege, and its membership in the North Central Asso- 
ciation of Colleges and Secondary Schools is the 
guarantee that its work is standard. Many lay and 
professional leaders of the church know the efforts 


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made to gain this membership. Students who were 
in attendance at Ashland before she became a rec- 
ognized institution know the inconvenience they suf- 
fered because the college was not approved. These 
students and the parents of these students know 
that admission to graduate schools, to the professions 
and to governmental services, is conditioned on mem- 
bership in an accredited association. T know that 
church leaders, college authorities and faculty, and 
students do not want to repeat the experiences of 
previous years. We must preserve the recognition 
we now have. 

In order to do this, it is necessary to raise enough 
money to provide the college with a revolving fund. 
The next few years are going to be difficult for all 
colleges, state and private. Enrollments will drop, 
investments will not return a large interest rate, 
and taxes will reduce the total amount of money 
given to colleges. To stabilize the situation for the 
college by giving her a fund to offset some of these 
conditions is the purpose back of the proposed cam- 
paign. Unless such provision is made, we endanger 
our standing as an approved college. 

An accrediting institution is interested in several 
conditions as the basis for approval or continued 
approval. Ashland is now approved but continued 
appi'oval is the situation she now faces. Continued 
approval requires: a progressive program, in keeping with 
changing needs of its clientele, which, in case of 
Ashland, is the Brethren Church and the region sur- 
rounding the City of Ashland. There is no such 
thing as a static condition. Ashland College must 
make such changes as are necessary to meet the 
needs of these two divisions of her constituency. 
This means that if an enlargement of the seminary 
is necessary, the expense must be met. This means 
that if the college program needs to be expanded to 
take care of changing social demands, the expense 
must be met. One can not operate a college on a pro- 
gram that is so completely curtailed that less than 
a minimum program is offered. Accrediting associ- 
tions are concerned vAth the progress its member 
institutions are making. We can not afford to let 
our college lag behind because of no funds with 
which to work when the needs arise. 

Second : Accrediting Associations are concerned 
with the provision made for purchase of new and 
maintenance of old equipment. With the rapid 
changes taking place in the field of science, it is es- 
sential that colleges provide adequate facilities for 
the education of young men and women who, upon 
eraduation, must assume places in indu.strial, pro- 
fessional and scientific units. Our colleere now needs 
more than the minimum in equipment. This aeain 
requires capital outlay. A good collenre must snend 
funds if it would keep its place in the educational 

Third : Accrediting Associations are interested in 
the expenditure for the library. The library is the 
heart of the intellectual life of the college. New 
books and reference materials must be added. The 
library unit is a growing unit and must be so con- 
sidered when funds are provided for institutional 
maintenance. Ashland has a good library but it must 
not be sacrificed during the lean years that are 

Fourth : Accrediting Associations are interested 
in the instructional staff. Salaries must provide at 
least an average standard of living. Loyalty has kept 
a number of teachers at Ashland, not large salaries. 
The instructors are not asking for large stipends 
but they are entitled to a fair wage. A "workman is 
worthy of his hire." Our rating with the accrediting 
association is low enough now, and it must not be 
allowed to drop lower. Good Christian teachers are 
hard to replace. Every effort should be made to keep 
the staff. 

Many other reasons could be given to support our 
statement that this drive should receive the full 
co-operation of all churches in the denomination. 
Enough has been said to indicate the necessity of 
keeping what we have. Ashland has recognition now ; 
she can lose it if standards drop because of lack of 
funds. Ashland can not stand still in her program, 
she must go forward. "Grasp our opportunities, even 
though the days are evil, and if we do we will say 
as did the young officer, who, being ordered to re- 
treat immediately upon his arrival at the front said, 
"Retreat! Never, we just got here." 


The Plan 
oF the Campaign 

A. Glenn Carpenter 

In all the activities of life there is no place that 
demands more planning and order than does Chris- 
tian work. The Bible reveals the wisdom of God in 
the definite, detailed plan which He had for His 
people : the creation of the earth on which His people, 
should live; the provisions of nature for their phys-i| 
ical existence: the sending of His Son for their 
i-edemption and eternal salvation. Orderly planning 
is one of Heaven's first laws. So in the work tol 
which we are called in this life, God requires that 
we be orderly, sj'stematic, and thorough in carrying 
out His will. 

We are particularly interested, in this brief mes- 
sage, in a plan to guarantee the present and future 
usefulness and stability of Ashland College. The 
present world crisis creates a situation in all pri- 

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tely endowed colleges that calls for action and a 
finite solution. We, your servants, at Ashland 
>llege, have thought long and hard on this prob- 
n, and we believe we have a plan that will meet 
r situation. No plan can be executed by one man 
by a small group and accomplish much. But a 
;11 organized group of leaders, meeting with a re- 
onsive brotherhood of men and women who be- 
:ve in the Brethren Church, who have faith in 
5hland College, who realize that the future of 
•ethrenism depends upon the education and train- 
g of young men and women in a Brethren school, 
ch a group can realize the goal which the General 
)nference of the Brethren Church has approved 
r Ashland College. 

The plan is this: a campaign solicitor has been 
osen for each district of the Brotherhood. He will 
sit each church in his district, deliver a message 
Kerever possible, and will then personally or 
rough local committees contact every Brethren 
ime in the community and give each an opportu- 
ty to share in the responsibility of meeting the 
imediate financial needs of his own religious edu- 
tional institution, Ashland College and Seminary, 
ish gifts will be especially acceptable, but payments 
I pledges over a period of two years may be ar- 
,nged. From these gifts certain percentage will be 
vested as permanent endowment particularly for 
e F. E. Myers Memorial Home. The balance of 
e gifts will be used to reduce current indebtedness, 
id also as a contingent fund to meet future emer- 
mcies arising out of the present national crisis 
rer which we have little or no control. 

Tt is hoped this campaign will progress as rapidly 
; possible, that solicitation may be completed early 
lis year. The plan is feasible; the need is urgent; 
le time is appropriate. Let us as loyal Brethren 
tct the issue with optimistic zeal, and determine 
I our hearts that this is our responsibility, that the 
snefits accrue to our o\\ti beloved institution ; and 
lat through it all we are rendering a distinct Chris- 
an service to our Church and to our Lord whom 
e seek to glorify. 

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Authors Guide 

guide to the writers of the wrticles in this i^ssue may 
assist the reader 

h: WiUiaw Spencer Bell has rendered long and 
faithful service to the Brethren Church. He has 
held many pastorates and important positions 
in the various District and General Conferences. 
He conducted a very successful campaign for 
' endowment funds for the College and Seminary 
S in 1926. 1927 and 1928. Doctor Bell is a member 
of the Board of Trustees and resides in Mil- 
ledgeville, Illinois. 

Dr. Marthi Shively is well known all over the Broth- 
erhood. He has held many pastorates and has 
given the past 22 years of his service to the 
College, serving as Bursar. He is, perhaps, the 
best informed man today on the ministry of the 
Brethren Church. Doctor Shively resides at 
Ashland, Ohio, and still serves the College. 

Dr. George W. Rench is another noble gentleman 
who has given his life to the ministry of the 
Brethren Church. He, too has held many pas- 
torates and was at one time a teacher in the 
College. Doctor Rench resides at New Paris, 

Rev. John Funke Locke of Maurertown, Virginia, 
is one of the younger ministers of the Church. 
He is active in all branches of the work and is 
enthusiastic for the growth of the Church. He 
is a member of the College Board of Trustees. 

Dr. Robert Ray Haun is Dean of Ashland College. 
He earned the Ph. D. degree at Chicago Univer- 
sity. He has been very active in the layman's 
organization and is now serving as National 
President of that organization. 

Dr. M. P. Puterbaugh is Dean of Students and of 
the Personnel Division at Ashland College. He 
is known throughout the Brotherhood and is 
very active in the work of the young people. 
He has the Ph. D. degree from Northwestern 

Dr. L. E. Lindoiver is a former pastor but now a 
member of the Seminary faculty and well known 
over the Brotherhood. He has been Secretary of 
the General Conference for several years and 
is treasurer of the Sunday School Association. 
His interest in youth is widely recognized. He 
has the Th. D. degree from Dallas Seminary, 
Dallas, Texas. 

Dean W. E. Ronk is Dean of the Seminary. He is 
also President of the Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany. His services as a pastor and a worker in 
the Seminary, College and Publishing Company 
are well known. 

Dr. Charles L. Anspach is President of the Central 
Michigan College of Education at Mt. Pleasant, 
Michigan. He was formerly teacher, registrar. 
Dean and President of Ashland College. He is a 
member of the Board of Trustees and greatly 
interested in the growth of the Brethren 

Mr. A. Glenn Carpenter is now Business Manager of 
Ashland College. He was formerly located at 
South Bend, Indiana, and was actively engaged 
in the work at the Ardmore church. He has been 
a prominent layman in the Church. 

Dr. E. G. Mason is President of Ashland College. 


The Brethren Evangelis 

(Continued from, page 2) 
ever a minster could be had to preach for them. Feu- more 
than four years these people remained in this condition, 
holding on determinedly and hoping to locate a leader for 
their group. It may not be known generally that the writer 
served as pastor of the Uniontown field on two former 
occasions, and many of the folks whom he now serves were 
taken into the church by him. This fact makes an especial 
link of interest for him and the w-oik and workers. 

The congregation worships in the church building owned 
by the Hungarian Reformed Church, and has use of the 
building for all the sei-vices which are usually maintained 
by a Brethren congregation, except the morning worship 
service on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. 
This makes an excellent arrangement for the group while 
their work is growing. During the past summer the writer 
was jiermitted to preach for the Highland Brethren on the 
mornings when the Hungarian people were using the build- 
ing, and while the Highland pastor, Brother G. L. Baker 
was confined in the hospital. This has given us better ac- 
((uaintance with the Highland Brethren, and cemented the 
relations between the two congregations more closely. The 
writer is ?iiaking it his business to use ever; talent and 
influence be has to conserve and protect the interests of the 
real Brethren people. 

The congregation was acceptably represented at both the 
General and Oistrict confei'ences last fall by its full quota 
of delegates, and at least some of the delegates were so 
pleased with the gatherings that they have declared their 
intentions of attending both gatherings again next fall. At the 
district gathering, at Johnstown, we learned that I'r. W. S. 
Bell was going to be with the Third Church of Johnstown, 
in a meeting early in November. We immediately contacted 
Doctor Bell and received agreement to hold a brief meeting 
for us immediately following his meeting in Johnstown. 
Doctor Bell had led in six evangelistic campaigns for the 
writer in past years, so we were well acquainted and could 
start at once in the active campaign when Brother Bell 
arrived. Brother Bell came to us on November ,30 and 
I'cmained until December 10, preaching his uniformly con- 
vincing gospel sermons. As a result of his labors with us nine 
made the good confession and united with the church. On 
October 19 a family of five came with us by relation, 
besides a mother and two sons who made public confession 
of Christ for the first time. Two weeks later three more 
made confession of faith at the morning service. Of these 
three one has not yet been baptized because of acceptable 
reasons. At the baptismal service one other came with those 
who had made confession earlier and received the rite, and 
since that time another has been received by relation. And 
we are quite confident that there are others who are con- 
sidering the matter seriously. What with the granting of 
one church letter there has still been a gain of twenty 
members in the eight month period. The praise for all this 
blessing on our work belongs to God. Quite a number of our 
recent converts are children of our older members and will 
be trained up in the chttrch. as is projier. The finances of our 
work are in good shape, the congregation making contribu- 
tions to all the auxiliaries of the general Brotherhood, as well 
as carrying on the local expenses. 

We covet a place in the continued prayers of our friends 
and the brotherhood as we shall continue to endeavor to do 
work for "Christ and the Church" in this part of God's 
great vineyard. DyoU Bclote. 

to err the other way. Our work here is in every sense of th 
word, a full time work. Now that we have concluded our firs 
year on the field and have started down the portals of th 
second, perhaps a resume will be acceptable. The first yea 
usually is a time for getting acquainted, learning the fieli 
and general adaptation. There were outside issues to clos^ 
up in the district from which we moved, and other worl 
which took considerable time and travel. We were able t 
enjoy for the first time as a member, the Pennsylvani; 
State Conference in Johnstown, Pa. We were highly honore( 
with numerous offices. While the honor is appreciated, w 
can get along without the work, having plenty to do at home 

In our local work we find that a complement to it is th 
fact, that the first year seemingly passed at a rapid pace 
As far as we are able to ascertain, our work is makini 
commendable progress because of unity, peace and harmony 
When all work together, then may victories be won. Forty 
four have been added to the membership roll of the church 
We have been called for twelve funerals, however not al 
of them have been members of the church. Perhaps a minor 
ity have been members. 

We have seen our morning attendance reach a fine level 
averaging 191 for December, while the evening service 
usually poorly attended in most places, averaged 111 plus 
Our mid-week service averages close to 40. Our work is wel 
organized, and each week usually finds various classes meet 
ing for their inspiration and benefit. 

We had been on the field but a brief period until wi 
realized we should have additional space for our Sunda; 
School. Efforts were begun, which have fruited into a fini 
balcony, which gives us approximately 772 square feet o 
floor space, with six rooms in the new addition. The twi 
under the balcony, which are in the main auditorium prac 
tically add two more. As this is written the carpenters hav< 
finished their work and the painters are starting to complet 
the task. We have not had more than the usual delays, al 
things considered. Three months from start to finish in thesi 
times, are not at all bad. Accordion doors permit the rooms 
being used for extra seating space for overflow attendance 
Rolling soundproof cloth doors separate the four rooms ii 
the first part of the balcony. 

We have personally had a fine reception in the communit; 
as well as the church. Being on the ground where so man; 
of the Macks lived and worked has aided us in the worl 
considerably. Much material has been secured to be incorpo 
rated in the history of "Alexander Mack, the Tunker am 
His Descendants", which is now nearing the final writing 
and it is hoped will soon be in the hands of the publisher 
Suffice it to state at this time that we have in the seventeei 
years of active research been able to gather over ten thousand 
names of descendants of Alexander Mack, the founder o 
the Church, and list them generation by generation. 

We are interested in the progress of the Church as 
whole, realizing that its progress must be general and no 
in unrelated sections. Freeman Ankrum. 


For one who delights in reading notes from the field, this 
from this section of the brotherhood is i)erhaps over due. 
Yet perhaps it is better to do more than is reported, than 

Rev. E. J. Beekley, Ashland, Ohio, will assume his dutie 
as pastor of the West Alexandria Brethren Church Sundaj 
February first. 

The new minister, who is a graduate of Ashland Colleg( 
was ordained at the General Conference of Brethren churche 
last August. He will serve the West Alexandria church a 
student pastor until June when he will graduate from thi 
Ashland Theological Seminary. Following his graduatioi 
Rev. Beekley and his wife will move to West Alexandria. 

Reverend Beekley has served Brethren churches in Gler 
ford, Ohio, Lakemore, Ohio and Brush Valley, PennsylvaniJi 

At present. Reverend Beekley is president of the Ashlan 
College Seminary Student Body. 

Brethren Evangelist 


Vol. XLIV, No. 5 

January 31, 1942 

Give With a KinclcM<^drt and a Benevolent Spirit 

Sunday, February 22nd is Benevolence Day 

Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 

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F. C. Vanator 


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Rev. .J. Ray Kli]igensmith 


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Change of Address. In ordering change of address 
always give both old and new addresses. 


The New Policy 
Dr. Martin Shively 

When this beautiful Home was opened at Flora, Indiana, it 
was intended to furnish a refuge for at least two classes of 
residents. First, the aged who could make an deposit of cash, 
or its equivalent, which would go far toward meeting the ex- 
pense involved incident to board, room medical care and even 
funeral expense. So far as I recall, in no case was the amount 
deposited sufficient to meet all such expenses. In a few in- 
stances congregations assumed a considerable part of such 
expense, with weekly or monthly payments. 

The thought in the minds of the promoters of the Home, was 
not that it could ever be really self supporting, though at least 
one of its trustees believed that it could be done (by the in- 
crease of the land holdings) managed under careful supervis- 
ion. But such a dream was never realized, and we have come 
year after year to our Brethren for offerings in support of 
The Home received on the last Sunday of February. 

And the Brethren have given loyal support, if not in suf- 
ficient amount to meet all its needs, still the amounts con- 
tributed did much to supply its financial needs. 

Remittances. Send all money, business communica- Q„g ^y^-^^ jj^s been a source of disappointment to the 

tions and contributed articles to Board of Managers— the number of those who sought its 

„,,.,, _ shelter and comforts, under terms as indicated in the opening 

Ihe Brethren Publi.'-hmg Company, ., i^ii.-i.-r i, i, ^ 

" I- .>> statements of this brief paper, has never been as large as we 

Ashland, Ohio had expected, and the service we offered in the way of com- 

>■ fortable rooms, good board, and faithful care, has not been 

asked for. It is not too much to say that we have been disap- 

Kiiicmi n,. s.coiui iiintiiT at .\siiian'i. oiiin, lor maiiine pointed in this, and at the last meeting of your Board, with the 

at M..riai r..i.-. ..riiim u»v.. an of orinh.T r,. uiK. i,u,i,or.7Pii fuU approval of the General Conference of the church, it was 

,_ „ .„„„ unanimously decided to set aside all the financial conditions 
.<ii'li'i'nihi'r S. 1928. 

of admission, and to admit any loyal member of the church 

^^^^^^^^^^^^^,^,^^^^—^,^^^—^^^^-^^^^^^^^ (with certain physical restrictions still in force) either man or 

woman, to all that the Home has always been ready to offer. 

^ Q N T E N T S ^^ ^'^ ^'^'^ ^'^^^ ^^^ belief that the members of the church 

will come to the rescue of the Board with their annual offer- 

^^""^'^^^"^ ^? "^""^^™^^'^"^^*^^'*™ ^?^? ^^^^ ? ^^ ings. Of course in cases where those who seek admission have 

_, „ , ,, _ ^, „ ,. funds which they can deposit, it is assumed that they ■w'ill give 

The Brethi^n Home-The New Policy- . ^^^^ ^g,p ;„ ^^^^.^^ ^^^ ^^^^^ ^^ ^^^.^ ^^^^^.^.^ ^^ ^^^^ ^^,j 

Dr. Martin Shively 2 ^^^^^ ^^ ^j^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^ .^^.j,, ^^ denied the comforts and care 

A Very Frank Statement— Editorial— F. C. V 3 which the Home offers for want of ability to make such con- 

A Word From the Treasurer — Rev. L. V. King 4 tribution. 

.■V Word from the Superintendent and Matron .5 

I hus if any of my readers have eached advanced vears and 

The Brethren Home and Superannuated Ministers— find it impossible to provide themselves with such comforts 

Dr. I. D. Bowman r, and care as they should have, and are interested in having 

A Benevolent Spirit — Rev. E. M. Riddle 7 such a home as this institution offers — I urge you to get in- 

Supposing- Dr. Charles A. Bame 7 *° touch with officers of the Board, asking for such in- 

From a Personal Letter 8 formation as they will be glad to give you. 

Christian Endeaveor Topic for Young People 8 The Brethren Home is a beautiful place, with comforttable 

Our Children's Department !) rooms and beds, and furnishes good board, and such care as 

Training for Service in Brethren Church Camps ^ '^'"f' Matron and Superintendent can give. For such in- 

Dr. L. E. Lindowor 10 formation as you may desire write to Rev. F. C. Vanator, 141 

Whv a Denominational College is not Self-supporting ' College Ave., Ashland, Ohio, or to Rev. L. V. King, 909 Col- 

Dr. E. G. Mason 11 '^^« B'^'^- Ashland, Ohio. 

Congratulations 12 ir ^ ,, 

, . , „ iours for the comfort of the aged. 

Laid to Rest 12 

Among the Churches 14 Martin Shively, Ashland, Ohio S 


Some years ago, when I was quite a small boy, I 
have a memory of an incident that left a lasting im- 

It was July 4th. A group of boys were "celebrat- 
ing" in what was then known as the "good old fash- 
ioned way". Along the street were many people. 
Among them was an old man apparently asleep upon 
|a box by a tree in the court house yard. One of the 
pnvs slipped over and placed a giant firecracker 
mder the box, lighted the fuse and stepped back to 
^wait the results. 

They came and came rapidly. Came the explosion 
md along with it the corresponding result. Results 
:hat were far beyond the fondest expectations of 
he voungster. The man, startled, moved to rise, but 
he box collapsed and he fell to the ground, stunned 
md bewildered. 

A man nearby seized the boy and shaking him 
'oughly, said. "Why did you do that?" To which the 
3oy replied, "I just wanted to wake him up." 


We have been making a plea for the support of 
The Brethren Home and the Superannuated Minis- 
;ers' Fund for years. And through the years the 
Brethren Church has responded "Lackada'scically" 
the plea. If there was anything left from the 
'tithe? and offerings" it was most likel/ given to 
:he sunport of these two institutions of the Brethren 

Now that word "Lackadaisically" is a perfectly 
rood word. If you do not think so, just look in the 
lictionary. It means, briefly, "Affectedly languish- 
ng." it is the same thing as sitting on a box, lean- 
ng back against a tree, as did the old man that 
E'^ourth of July morning. 

vake up the Brethren Church to its duties and re- 
sponsibilities? Will it take a collapse of the "box" to 
)ring us to a realization of the urgent need of this, 
/not the Benevolent Board's) but Your Brethren 
Home and Your Superannuated Ministers' Fund? 

Careful consideration of the article by the Treas- 
urer of the Board, Rev. L. V. King, will give you an 
dea of the urgent need of the work. From year to 
'^ear as these appeals have been made, we have en- 
leavored to place the honest facts before you. We 
lave appealed to the brotherhood in every way we 
enow. We have, by the act of General Conference 

last fall, made concessions which, if taken advantage 
of by those who are eligible, will devolve a consider- 
able expense to the Board that is over and above the 
present outlay. We have received a number of in- 
quiries relative to the new rulings. But at the pres- 
ent writing no one has definitely made arrange- 
ments to take advantage of them. What is your 
church doing about the problem? Do you want to 
maintain the Brethren Home? Is it a necessary part 
of the work of the church? 

We have consulted wdth a number of the breth- 
ren from here and there relative to a discontinuance 
of the Home, but almost to a man they have replied 
that they are for the maintaining of the Home. But 
that does not pay the "butcher and the baker and 
the candlestick maker". It takes money to make the 
work go ahead. What are you going to do about it? 


After you have read the Treasurer's article, then 
carefully read the other articles. We need remember 
that we have one of the finest homes in the state of 
Indiana. We have the best Superintendent and Ma- 
tron that can be found in the brotherhood. We have 
the Home in a fine state of repair, aside from a few 
little things that will be fixed as the time permits 
and the money comes. 

What we need is the presence of resident members 
from the Brethren Church. We need people there 
who are worthy to receive the support of the Breth- 
ren Church at large. We need people there who have 
no real means of support and who have been life- 
long and faithful members of the Brethren Church. 
If we have these we believe that the Church will 
come to the realization that there is an obligation 
which they owe these people. 


There is an obligation which we dare not try to 
escape. That is the obligation which we owe to the 
retired ministers and their wives. We cannot escape 
this particular part of the work, regardless of how 
we regard the matter of Brethren Home support. 
These men, yes and their wives as well, have given 
of their full measure of devotion to the cause of the 
church. They are not asking "charity" when they 
come to the Benevolent Board and ask for their 
pension. They, without a doubt, have earned more 
than the mere pittance which they receive. 


The Brethren Evangelist 




As treasurer of the Benevolent Board of the Breth- 
ren Church, I think I should add my bit to encourage 
a liberal offering from the churches for the work of 
this Board. Since it is customary and you expect 
the treasurer to speak about the financial part of 
the Boai'd's work, I will confine remarks and plea 
to this line. 

The letter sent me and found in this week's issue 
of The Evanf/elisf reveals to us that Brother and 
Sister Suman are doing their part at the Home itself, 
with the small means at their disposal. We should 
remember that although the land is the best that 
can be found, yet there are only 40 acres But 
Brother Suman is certainly making the 40 acres 
produce to its limit. He is a splendid farmer as well 
as manager of the Home itself. Like General McAr- 
thur in the Philippines, he is holding up his end of 
the contract and more. 

But the question I have in mind is this: Are we 
standing back of his sacrificing efforts with our 
gifts? We must remember that he is not only carry- 
ing on in supplying the food and clothing for those 
who are there, but is also paying for machinery and 
many improvements at the Home itself. For exam- 
ple, he is paying for the new tractor, separator, wir- 
ing of the barn, cementing of chicken house and old 
barn and many other smaller items which are 
brought out in his monthly reports. It would be help- 
ful if each of you could see one of his monthly re- 

The only items the treasui'er has been paying in 
the running of the Home itself in recent years has 
been the Superintendent's and matron's salary, the 
coal used, insurance, and larger items of repair such 
as painting and repair work to the Home itself. The 
rest of the bills coming to the treasurer have to do 
with the interest on Annuities and items pertaining 
to the Board's work. 

Now, it is this pai't of our work that has not had 
sufficient funds to carry on in a businesslike way. 

A. Word From 
T5he Treasurer 

Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer Brethren Benevolence Board 

A new roof had to be installed on the Home itself. 
And everything at the Home is now in splendid 
shape with the exception of painting of many of the 
rooms inside. This we plan to do only as the funds 
are available and as we are able to get into the Home 
new life members. So as fast as life members come, 
that rapidly we will be able to improve the rooms 


One year ago this past conference we reported 
that the coal bill of the past winter had not been 
paid. Sufficient came in soon after conference to 
make the necessary payments. Again this year we 
reported that the coal bill and a funeral bill had not 
been paid. But this time after conference a very 
small amount came in so the old coal bill and funeral 
bill of a year ago have not been paid, let alone this 
winter's coal bill. Now it was only through the good- 
ness of Mr. John Oaks, of Flora, that we have not 
been forced to pay this bill. We had to hold back the 
money so that the Superintendent and Matron could 
be paid each month and have sufficient left to pay 
for the roofing recently placed on the Home. This 
latter bill was to be cash upon completion of the 

Now, although we have been making some small 
gains each year against the indebtedness of tht 
Home, we would like to come to conference this next 
August reporting a gain large enough to care for all 
existing bills against the Home. It is not fair foi 
men like Mr. John Oaks to wait for his money sci 
long. There isn't a pastor but what would complair: 
if he had to wait one and one-half years for the sun" 
of $4.50. Yet some of our pastors do not even givfi 
their people an opportunity to give toward this fund 
Regardless of what a minister or a lay member maj 
think about the Home and the support of the need>. 
in the Church, as long as this Benevolent Boai'd re 
mains a part of the conference organizations th<, 
whole church is duty bound to do their part towan 
its work. If the Board's work is not satisfactory nev 
members should be elected to the Board. For most o 
us have reached the place where we feel we an 
ready to give ovei- the work to others. The best en 
couragement you can give us is your financial sup 
port in appreciation of the efforts put forth. 

ifanuary 31, 1942 




The march of time has again passed another mile- 
tone and the time has arrived that we make our 
eport to the Brotherhood, as to the part we play in 
naking the Brethren Home a place or rather the 
ilace for Brethren folk who have taken abode here. 

We have been blessed during the past year here at 
he Home with good health for the most part, but 
ince our last report to you the One who gives life 
,nd who takes life away has seen fit to call to her 
ternal reward Joanna Beavers, who has been a resi- 
ient member of the Home for a period of years. We 
(lay say here that as resident members leave this 
ilace of residence we should have others to take the 

We are still hoping that we may see the time when 
he Brethren Home will be filled with Brethren folk. 

We are always glad when we can have visitors call 
Lnd especially Brethren people who have never been 
lere before, to see what we try to do and how we 
ry to maintain a truly Brethren Home ; we are sure 
hat we have made many mistakes, but we try and 
lot make the same mistake again. 

We have had many visitors the past year and 
nade many new acquaintances which we are more 
han glad to see and meet. Again we say come when- 
!ver you can. 

The good Lord has seen fit to bless us with good 
;rops this past year and with many other blessings 
or which we give Him all the praise. 

Before we close this little message to you Breth- 
■en we want that all who had any part in making 
)ur work here easier, and who made it possible that 

we had turkey for Christmas, and who responded 
so well to our appeal through the Outlook for con- 
tributions to buy the things necessary to keep the 
kitchen supplied, we say thank you, again. May we 
suggest that any time any of the Brethren want to 
take a little drive, we would be glad to have you, 
and if by chance you have an extra bushel of apples, 
potatoes, or even some of that good applebutter, we 
can use them and thank you many times. 

In closing we want to express our appreciation, 
which words cannot do, to the Board for their fine 
cooperation and efforts to keep your Home up to the 
standards and requirements of the State. So, for the 
time being, we will close with the best wishes to all 
and hoping to see and meet more of you in the days 
to come. 

Mr. and Mrs. Suman, Supt. and Matron. 












Pastors, please see to it that your treas- 
urers send the money to 909 College Blvd., 
Ashland, Ohio. If a money order is sent, have 
it written to the Ashland Post Office. I have 
been receiving some written to the Post Of- 
fice at Oakville. 

Again, the ten largest offerings will be 
reported at conference time both from 
churches and individuals. If individuals send 
in gifts please give the name of your church 
so that church may receive credit for your 
gift. The first ten churches reporting will 
be mentioned in the Evangelist soon after 
the gifts are sent in. Send in what you have 
right after the lifting of the offering. What 
comes in later, can be sent in at a later date. 






The Brethren Evangelist 

The Brethren Home 

and Superannuated Ministers 

Dr. I. D. 

The Brethren Home 

I will take up no space in telling you how it was 
made possible to build such a wonderful home as we 
have at Flora, Indiana. 

I have visited the Home quite a number of times. 
It seems to me that the whole brotherhood should 
give to the sustaining of this beautiful Home. Men 
and women of means should also, by bequests, annu- 
ities and wills leave their money to this wonderful 

I hope the time will come when an endowment 
fund can be raised so we can adequately take care of 
our aged members. 

The pastors should universally teach the churches 
by their offerings and to place within their budgets 
the support of this Home. 

Superannuated Ministers 

This is a rather delicate question for me to write 
about as, at times I am partly supported by this 
Board. I am, however too near the sunset of life to 
have a selfish motive in writing upon the subject. 
If I live until March 7th I will be eighty years old. 
My wife is eleven months younger. 

If we could have known our past lives as we now 
do, we would have done some things differently. Less 
than two years before our much beloved J. Allen 
Miller fell asleep, he said in the First Church in 
Ashland, with tears in his eyes as he waited to in- 
troduce me, "Brother Bowman, few of our Brethren 
preachers today know what sacrifices you and I have 
had to make to help build up the Brethren Church." 

In receiving over five thousand into the Brethren 
Church, I received about one-fourth the salary on 
the average that many of our preachers receive to- 
day. In spite of all these struggles I never expected 
that I would receive a dollar from the Superannu- 
ated Fund. When receiving the largest salary I ever 
received, and expecting to continue for two more 
years, which would have put me financially on my 
feet, as quick as a flash a tragedy came into our 

family. We had a grandchild kidnapped. It cost me 
$3,000 and came within a hair's breadth of the loss 
of my wife's life, as one of the results. If it were not 
for this tragedy I would have never been on the Su- 
perannuated list. 

My object was never to make money. In the fifty 
years as a pastor I never resigned a pastorate to 
take a larger salary. Several times I resigned before 
my time was up and took churches for less salary. 
This may have been unwise. Had I forseen this 
tragedy that came, I would have proceeded differ- 
ently. In our unfortunate division of 1881 to 1883 
we had to build all new churches and had to sacri- 
fice in a manner that our preachers today know- 
little about. 

I am not the only preacher that lost money unex- 
pectedly. Many of our aged preachers made great 
sacrifices and should be well taken care of in their 
old age. Being faithful in administering spiritual 
things you should now see that they receive tem- 
poral things. 

I know something of the sacrifices and hardships 
that the average preacher in the Brethren Church 
has to undergo. They spend more time in prepara- 
tion and at a greater financial cost than many other 
professions of lesser importance and we should take 
a great delight in taking good care of them. 

Let us arise to the situation and send in the best 
offering we have ever sent, both for the Brethren 
Home and the Superannuated Ministers' Fund. 



We certainly appreciate the work of the Benevo- 
lence Board. We do not know what we would have 
done without their support; they came to us when 
we were in deep need and have stood by us ever 

My prayer is that the Lord will continue to bless 
this Board and all that have a part in giving to this 
worthy cause. 

Mr. Sands has been ill for some time and it means 
a lot to know that some one cares and has given oi\ 
their means to bring a little sunshine into our hearts. 

We want to thank everyone that has given, and we 
would not forget the dear women of the W. M. S, 
My mind goes back to the time when these deal 
women gave their support to the old soldiers of thf 
Cross. How I do thank God for the women of tht 
W. M. S. and for the work they are doing. May Goc 
richly bless all. Yours in Jesus' Name. 

Rev. and Mrs. M. L. Sands. 

January 31, 1942 

A Benevolent Spirit 

Rev. E. M. Riddle 

Two stanzas of an old hymn read thus : 

"Where high the heavenly temple stands, 
The house of God not made with hands, 
A great high-priest our nature wears. 
The guardian of mankind appears. 

"He who for men their surety stood. 
And poured on earth His precious blood. 
Pursues in heaven His mighty plan. 
The Savior and the friend of man." 

The merciful Savior, who died on earth, went 
about doing good, left in every Christian heart some- 
thing of His mercy and beneficence, which distin- 
guished His whole life. From His earliest public 
ministry to His death, He healed all manner of dis- 
eases ; restored the lame, healed deaf ears, gave sight 
to the blind, vigor to the paralyzed, cleansed the lep- 
ers, and cast out demons, etc. 

Every church needs to have some of this compas- 
sion for the aged, the afflicted and the lonely. Our 
church must learn the joy of such ministry. We 
must stand behind the Brethren Benevolence Board 
with prayers and gifts to meet their ministry to 
the aged, the frail and the lonely. In our beloved 
church are to be found those to whom we want to 
minister, because of their faithfulness and service 
to the church in former years, also because it is one 
beautiful avenue of service for the church. Whether 
we serve the people through ministrations of the 
"Home" or give some assistance at their own home, 
it must be kindly and suitable. Sympathy without 
this is mockery. It is obvious that our assistance 
must be in proportion to our means. It should always 
be a ministry with prayer for God's blessing; from 
pure motives and not ostentation. 

Every giver to these worthy and urgent appeals 
will be rewarded. First, there shall be an inner 
happiness and satisfaction. "The blessing of God 
maketh rich." Second, there shall be spiritual pros- 
perity. "Like a watered garden" — green, fertile and 
fruitful. Our Lord said in connection with a para- 
ble, where the invitation was to the poor, "and thou 
shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: 
for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection 
of the just." 

May every one of us count it all joy to give as the 
Lord has prospered us, that this ministry of benev- 
olence may be continued. 


Dr. Charles A. B 


Supposing that you were a tired or retired preach- 
er who had given your whole life to the ministry and 
that too, without proper regard to what was to 
happen to you in time of distress or sickness ; 

Supposing that you had been instrumental in that 
lifetime, to help to build a number of church build- 
ings and had generally inspired others to do things 
for the cause of the Lord; 

Supposing that you had been used of the Lord to 
bring some hundreds or thousands into your church 
group many of whom became ardent members and 
splendid supporters of the work and missions of the 
denomination ; 

Supposing too, you had helped to keep a number 
of churches on the map, had been instrumental in 
widening the scope of the church and its usefulness 
in its relation to the general advancement of the 
cause of Christ among the sister denominations of 
Christendom ; 

Then, supposing you suddenly awoke to the fact 
that you could no longer do it and despite determined 
resolves that it should never happen to you, you 
found yourself out of an income and no longer able 
to carry on ; 

And, supposing then that a number of youi' breth- 
ren should suggest to you that you had been accum- 
ulating a certain privilege of assistance from the 
Benevolence Fund taken each year during the month 
of February; 

And, supposing that without a mile of red tape, 
it came to you at a time when income had ceased 
and outlay for operations, hospitalization and doc- 
tor's bills came with regularity ; 

Well, supposing all that and more happened ; 

How would he feel? Happy? 1 guess as much. 

Supposing you knew all that and remembered that 
you had no part in bringing this happiness to your 
tired or retired preacher ; •. 

How would you feel? Happy? I guess not. 

The moral should be evident. 

3498 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland, Ohio. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

From a Personal Letter 

(A personal letter sent to L. V. Kirty, Treasurer, after a 
visit to the Home receyitly. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Kern and 
Rev. and Mrs. W. S. Whetstone recentlii visited th-e Home and 
Mr. Kern relates his delight in tlie way things are going at 
the Hom-e itself.) 

Reverend and Mrs. Whetstone and Mrs. Kern and 
myself visited the Brethren Home Thursday, Janu- 
ary 22nd. We had a nice day and a good time. Found 
everything in good shape. In fact, the best I think 
I have ever seen it. The new roof is 0. K. and I rec- 
ommend the payment of the bill. 

Mr. Suman has about 125 hens and is getting 
about 50 eggs a day. He has been selling about a 
crate a week, which helps pay for the groceries. He 
has 30 or 31 head of nice feeder hogs which will 
weigh about 100 pounds each. He should be able to 
sell them at 200 pounds or better by the first of 
April. They should bring him around $750. He will 
butcher one or perhaps two, when they reach 200 
pounds. He has plenty of corn for them, and should 
have enough to keep him over until this year's crop 
is grown. I would say he has about 900 bushels of 
corn. Pork will not be cured, but will be put in the 
cooler. I think this is a fine arrangement. 

As for the price to be charged to our boarders, it 
has been advanced to $25.00 per month, which will 
be acceptable to both sides for the present. The 
meal served the day we were there, I feel, is a 
sample of what they have all the time, and was very 
good and plenty of it. Coal will likely see us through 
the winter unless we have much colder weather than 
we have been having. I understand it is not yet 
paid for. 

To sum it all up, 1 think things are looking the 
best 1 have ever seen them. Mr. and Mrs. Suman 
were in good health as were all the guests. The one 
thing I feel is lacking is that we have so few life 
members. Why the people of our Church do not want 
to go there to stay is more than I can solve. I have 
often wondered if there is a reason that I do not 
know. If it is good for boarders, why is it not good 
for life members? Think that is enough about the 

Ed. spoke to me about his plan to improve the hog 
barn by cementing the floor and putting a door in 
each end so he could drive through with his wagon 
to clean it out occasionally. I think it is a good plan, 
then when it is muddy outside, he can feed them 
inside and keep them out of the mud. I think he 
will be able to care for this from the proceeds of the 
farm and hogs. He also plans to pipe the water 
across from the well close by, putting it below freez- 
ing, which will save him from having to carry it. 

He has five cows and is selling milk from them 
which brings him a check of about $45 each half 
month. That, too, is a help. Besides, he has all the 
milk and cream they can use. Has a small calf 
which he intends to butcher about the last of Feb- 
ruaiy, cut it up and put it away in the locker down 
town to be used from as he needs it. It will keep in- 
definitely. He also has about 35 chickens both young 
and old dressed and stored in the locker. These will 
no doubt last until young chickens are ripe again. 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic Editor 

Topic for February \a, 1942 


Scripture Lesson — John ltj:7-ll 

Leader's Remarks 

It is highly important that we young people understand 
the work of the Holy Spirit in this present age. Christ prom- 
ised that the Holy Spirit would come to be a Comforter and 
a Power. We all know of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was 
made manifest. On this day was begun the Christian Church 
and to this very hour, this Church has continued under the 
guidance and direction of the Spirit. The Power behind the 
advance of the Church is the Spirit. It is well that we realize 
this, and thus we should ask for the Spirit's direction on all 
the activities which we want to do for our Church. Tonight 
we are to look into some of the specific works of the Holy 
Spirit today. 


John 16:8. We can well ask ourselves just what prompted 
us to give our life to Christ. Perhaps we will say that it was 
the influence of our parents, or friends. Or perhaps, we will 
say that we heard of Christ in Sunday School or Church. 
Yet, nevertheless, we are brought to see our need of Christ 
as our personal Savior because of the earnest, tender and 
convincing conviction of the Holy Spirit. This is the work of 
the Spirit. 

When Peter, working under the power of the Spirit, 
preached that sermon at Pentecost, we note that Peter's lis- 
teners were "pricked in their heart" and asked what they . 
were to do. Without doubt, this pricking of the heart was ^ 
caused by the convicting power of the Spirit. So should we ^ 
realize that there is a difference between "joining church" 
and "being redeemed". It is truly possible for people of any 
age to feel their need of the Church and to go through all the > 
requirements of church membership and still not possess sal- ' 
vation due mainly because there has been no conviction of ' 
sin. Those who have truly been redeemed and saved are those i 
who under the Spirit have had their hearts "pricked" be- 
cause of their sin, and who have cried for the salvation which 
cometh through Jesus Christ. In all of our personal work we ' 
should recognize the presence of the Spirit and the important 
part the Spirit plays in this matter of eternal salvation. 

that the Spirit comes into the heart of every born again ; 
person. (Those who have been born of the water and of the 

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pirit). The Spirit enters in to live forever, to keep that 
erson, and to give that person power. The Spirit is the rep- 
2sentative which is a constant companion and helper. He 
lould be recognized as such. Too many professed Christians 
,ve as if they were responsible to themselves for everything 
ley are doing for the church. More than ever we need the 
ower of the Spirit in our lives. Churches and members are 
Did and indifferent to fervent accomplishment for Christ 
ecause they have "lost track of the Spirit". If every church 
lember were "refilled" daily with the power of the Spirit, 
'e could see many times the amount of work done for Christ 
s has ever been done before. Each day we should pray to 
rod for help, and then recognize this help as coming to us 
irough this Spirit which lives within us. 


asy to note those people who are interested in church work, 
'hey have a "speaking knowledge" of the truths of the Bible, 
t is easy for them to talk about Christ, and to speak to a lost 
oul about salvation. They can do this because their lives 
ossess not only the Spirit, but the power of the Spirit. Let 
s make that important distinction. Certainly we all want to 
rork for Christ, but our work will amount to very little if 
re try to accomplish it ourselves. We should be in subjection 
3 the Spirit, and follow His leadings. Too, we should make 
ur plans according to the plans furnished by God, instead 
f making our plans and then asking God for the power of 
he Spirit to do our plans. Man-made programs cannot expect 
le blessings of God. If we are willing to be subject to the 

direction of the Holy Spirit, and will plan accordingly, then 
we will be able to make our efforts and activties really count 
for the glorification of God. 

We hear much about building a new way of life, and of 
overcoming the pagan tendencies of mankind in order to 
make the world a safe place in which to live. What people do 
not fully realize is that the Spirit of God is the only influ- 
ence and power which works for good in this earth. Take 
away the power of the Spirit and there would be nothing but 
total destruction and bloodshed. The Spirit is a restraining 
influence on the lives of dictators and Satan. They can only 
go so far. Some day, we know not how soon, when the believ- 
ers are caught up in the air, the Spirit, too, will leave the 
eai-th. Then the nations and the people will be left at the 
mercy of Satan. Then will come tribulation. 

In the meantime we must be diligent and faithful in using 
the Spirit of God to bring about the greatest revival of sal- 
vation which can be possible under the present age. Souls 
need to be saved. Souls are under the conviction of the Spirit. 
We must act in telling them about Christ. The Spirit is here, 
not to speak of Himself, but to glorify Christ. In all of our 
work, we too, should draw attention to Christ, not to our- 
selves. We can all be successful as Christians if we are will- 
ing to look to our Lord in prayer and Bible study and also 
to acknowledge that the Spirit is present with us and His 
power is waiting to be used by us. 

Our Children's Department 


)ear Children : 

Pharaoh soon heard that Joseph's brothers had come and 
^e was glad, for he was a very kind king and he loved 
oseph, who had worked so faithfully for him. He sent for 
im and said, "Tell your brothers to take wagons and go 
J their home and bring back their father and their wives 
lid children. They need not trouble to bring their tents 
nd furniture, for I will give them all they need when they 
et here. 

Wasn't that kind of Pharaoh? So Joseph gave his brothers 
agons to bring all their families, and food to last until 
ley returned to Egypt. He gave them many presents, also — 
eautiful clothing and money — and Benjamin received more 
lan the others because Joseph loved him best. 

When the brothers reached their home and told their 
ather the wonderful news that Joseph was alive and was a 
reat niler in Egypt, Jacob could not believe it. You know 
lat for many years he thought that this dear son was dead, 
i now it seemed impossible that he could really be alive. 
ut when he saw the wagons and all the presents Joseph 
ad sent, at last he was sure it was true and he said, 
Joseph is really alive and I will go and see him before I die." 

It was hard for such an old man to take so long a journey, 
therefore they traveled slowly. The sheep and lambs, too, 
could not go fast as it would kill them. Jacob rode one of 
his great camels and the women and children rode in the 
wagons which Joseph had sent. All the brothei'S were mar- 
ried and had children and these with the sei'vants made a 
large company. 

One night when they stopped to rest, God spoke to Jacob. 
God told Jacob not to be afraid to go down into Egypt, for 
He would bring them safely back some day. 

When they came near the end of their journey, Jacob sent 
Judah ahead to tell Joseph they were coming. As soon as 
Joseph heard this, he started in his chariot to meet 
his father. I cannot tell you children how very glad he was 
to see him. The Bible tells us that he put his arms about 
him and wept for some time. Jacob said that God had made 
him very happy because he had seen his dear son whom for 
so long a time he had thought dead. 

Pharaoh sent them to live in the land of Goshen, the very 
best land in Egypt. Then Jacob blessed the king and I am 
sure he thanked him for his kindness to him. 


Joseph gave his brothers and father all the food they 
needed to make them happy, also places to live in and a 
little furniture, such as they had need of. 

All through the seven long years of famine, Joseph fed 
the people of Eg-ypt. In return, the people gave Joseph their 
mone^, their cattle, their land and even worked for him. 

Finally the welcome rain came. Then Joseph gave their 
lands back to the people. They were glad to plant their fields 
once more, and give the king some of their corn every year. 
The people were willing to do this because Joseph had taken 
such good care of them when there was no food. 

One day a messenger came to Joseph and told him that his 
father was very ill. He took his two sons and went quickly 
to him. Then he and his dear old father had a long last 
beautiful talk together. Jacob spoke to Joseph of all God's 
goodness to him and said,"I did not ever expect to see you 
alive again and God has not only let me see you but your 
two sons also." 

Then he put his arms around Manassah and Ephraim and 
kissed and blessed them. After this he called for his other 

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sons and blessed them also, but he gave to Joseph the best 
blessing of all because he loved him so dearly. He then went 
to be with the dear heavenly Father. 

When Jacob was dead, the brothers were again afraid, 
for they thought that Joseph would now be cruel to them, 
as they had been to him long years ago. 

So they sent word to Joseph and begged him to forgive 
them. Joseph was grieved because they were afraid of him, 
"Fear not," he said, "I will take care of you and your chil- 

And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Aftei 
this they spent many happy years together. Joseph lived tc 
be over a hundred years old, and he saw not only his grand- 
children, but his gTeat grandchildren, also. They all lovec 
him and used to climb on his knees and put their little arms 
about his neck, so his last years were among the happiesi 
he had ever known. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 





The National Sunday School Association 
oF the Brethren Church 

t. ■.. MILLER 


Genaral Secretary 

Training For Service 

In Brethren Church Camps 

Dr. L. E. Lindower 

This is the title of a graduate thesis presented to 
the Ashland Theological Seminary Faculty, 1940, by 
Vernon D. Grisso. The three articles for this month 
will be three sections quoted from this fine thesis, 
taken from the last chapter, "New Roads to Service." 
The three sections are as follows: — (1) First Mile — 
Camp Inspiration; (2) Second Mile Camp Inspira- 
tion in the Church; (3) Third Mile — Camp Inspi- 
ration Through the Year. 

Brother Grisso has produced a thesis which has 
not only scholarly, but also practical value, upon the 
present important subject of young people's camps. 
These quotations are given, in order that many more 
churches, Sunday Schools and organizations and in- 
dividuals interested in helping the young people of 
the Brethren Church, will see the need of purchasing 
and studying the entire thesis. The National Sunday 
School Association has had mimeographed copies 
made which may be procured at fifty cents per copy. 


" 'Dear friend, have you been around a campfire 
singing songs, and telling stories? Have you joined 
hands in a friendship circle at a candle-lighting ser- 
vice? Have you prayed with other young people 
whose problems, ambitions, hopes and struggles were 
much like yours? Did not a feeling of fellowship and 
friendship previal in all these experiences which 
strengthened you in your love for Christ and His 

people?' — these were introductory words to a lette 
written and sent out to all the young people of i 
prominant denomination in America. The words ar 
■picturesque, excellent recall, and convincing. The 
inspire the reader before he ever signs up for cam 
and the testimony of hundreds will echo back tha 
that inspiration is never lost- 

"Summer camps call young people to an adventur 
along the highways of Christian fellowship, follow 
ing new roads hitherto only partially explorec 
seeking a clearer understanding of what is involve 
in the development of Christian personality, and ui 
dergirding the works of the Church through a grov 
ing appreciation of the need for consecrated, effet 
tive leaders. 

"The local church needs trained teachers, traine 
supervisors and heads of departments, so that th 
best educational principles and procedures may 1: 
applied to the religious nature of children and youtl 
In young people's groups, officers and leaders nee 
guidance in working out interesting and challengin 

"One of the best ways to pass on the spirit and ii 
spiration received in camp is to quote to you some ii 
teresting remarks made concerning camp inspiratio: 
These remarks are not necessarily all concernir 
Brethren camps, but portray a more universal pi 
ture of young people's summer camps. 

"1. 'The inspiration which I received has change 
my whole life.' . 

"2. 'I became interested in attending a summi' 
camp thix)Ugh a group from our church who had a 
tended. Their lives were actually transformed, aij 

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I was hungry for the inspiration and help those other 
folks had gained.' 

"3. Another delegate writes. 'The morning watch, 
the vespers, the prayer groups just before taps, the 
bonfire, and the candle-light service are all above 
my powers of description; but I know that Christ 
came to me and that I left my second camp fired with 
the desire to get into my young people's society 
back home and work.' 

"Delegates return from their adventure along the 
new roads which camp has opened with renewed in- 
spiration and a clearer vision of what it may mean 
to be a follower of Jesus. They are fired with a zeal 
for service, and we might add, 'A directed zeal' It is 
a grave responsibility to capitalize this enthusiasm, 
this eagerness to raise the standard of the church 
school, to make young people's meetings more worth 
while, to be more Christlike in everyday living. Some- 
times the spirit of youth is over-enthusiastic, but 
within the ability of youth it does much to conserve 
the values of the camp and will reap the results of 
increasing vital leadership. 

"4. A pastor writes, 'Our camp delegates come 
back to the church each year with a keener interest, 

a broader outlook toward Christian lives. We are 
proud of our young people, and it pleases us to know 
that many of our Sunday School officers and teach- 
ers, our choir members and leaders in all the young 
people's groups have had camp training.' 

"5. Still another delegate writes, 'The second year 
I attended camp I received the desire to organize an 
active young people's society. We called a meeting 
of all the teen-age young people, presented our plans, 
and now have one of the most active organizations 
of the city. I now need the training and inspiration 
of the camp more than ever before.' 

"We must add, this is indeed unmeasurable inspir- 
ation and influence. 

"The Brethren Church is facing a new world — a 
confused world. We want to live well in this day. The 
church would serve this day and fulfill its calling. To 
do so we can well afford to draw apart for periods 
of meditation, quiet, study, and learn the truth that 
will inspire us to go on in the great work that our 
Lord has commanded us to carry on. 

"Camp, as an agency of the church, can do that for 



Why a Denominational College is not Self-sustaining Dr. E. G. Mason 

' If religious denominations are worth perpetuating, the 
I need of well-trained, loyal leaders is imperative. I am of the 
(opinion that many religious denominations are really needed 
sand can do a very useful work in the world. 

!in no other place of which I know can loyal, well-trained 
religious denominational leaders become so well prepared 
as in a denominational college. This is no reflection whatever 
[upon other educational institutions which also make helpful 
(contributions to society in general and help build a better 
fworld. No such institution, however, claims to be in the busi- 
ness of producing loyal and well-trained religious denomi- 
national leaders. 


\\'hy are religious denominational educational institutions 
not self-supporting? Why do they need supplemental financial 
support? Why can they not pay their way by charging suf- 
ficiently high rates to make both ends meet? 
There are several sound reasons, such as these: 
First. Denominational colleges and divinity schools are 
service institutions — not business institutions. From their 
very beginnings they were established to encourage and help 
youth to prepare for useful living and serving, and not to 
earn sufficient money to pay all operating costs. They were 
• designed and are conducted to make entrance easy and at- 
(tractive. The founders of such colleges had at heart object- 
ives much larger than dollars. 

, Second. Entrance to such training centers is open to youth 
from homes in all ranges of financial circumstances. While 
many of the students are from homes which could pay the 
entire cost of their educational training, a noticeably large 

[percentage of youth are from families in very moderate fi- 
nancial circumstances. Go where you will — even to the na- 

'tionally prominent private colleges — and you will find a sur- 

prisingly large percentage of the student body working at 
odd times to help pay the required educational costs. 

Third. If denominational colleges were to admit as students 
only those who could pay the entire cost of their education, 
the number of those in training would probably be reduced 
from 60 to 80 percent of their present enrollment. Such pro- 
cedure would deprive the college of the enrollment and attend- 
ance of many who would be among its most useful and 
conspicuous alumni. 

Fourth. In order to successfully compete with the State 
educational institutions and the more heavily endowed private 
colleges, denominational colleges are compelled to maintain 
very high intellectual and character standards among the 
faculty personnel. Such pei'sonnel costs much money, even 
though the great majority of such faculty members are 
among the most devoted and self-sacrificing persons in this 

Fifth. Practically all varieties of colleges require extra 
financial assistance from year to year. Such assistance comes 
from appropriations from Municipal, State or Federal Gov- 
ernments, from large endowment funds and from sources of 
revenue other than students' tuition fees. Few, if any, 
standard colleges are conducted upon a wholly self-sustaining 

Sixth. No nationally known service institution of which 
we know is or could be operated upon only the cash receipts 
from its membership fees and other dues. Such procedure 
would defeat a very important part of its central purpose 
by greatly reducing the number of those who much need its 

For example, the Young Men's Christian Association is 
among the most useful agencies which are best known 
throughout the world. This agency is now in its ninety-sev- 
enth year. Last year the American Y. M. C. A. budgets 


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required an expenditure of $51,194,600.00.. Of this amount 
it was necessary to raise, through outright contributions, 
$10,918,;i00.00, or about 20%, even though there were large 
receipts from membership dues, dormitory rentals, educa- 
tional tuitions, endowment interest, and other regTjlar sources 
of earnings. 

Nearly every well-equipped Y. M. C. A. requires a mini- 
mum of about 20% of its annual budget from outright con- 
tributions, even though it may be given an entiiely debt- 
free building and equipment with which to work. 


Creditable educational instruction in a denominational col- 
lege and seminary requires high-grade and very well quali- 
fied faculty members. The quality of the faculty determines 
the strength and usefulness of the college. 

Such faculty members can command elsewhere, and ai'e en- 
titled to enough compensation to maintain reasonable living 
standards and a comfortable margin with which to provide 
for the later years of life. Such salaries require a large total 
amount of money every year. 

College expenses per student must be kept within a reason- 
able maximum, in order to induce worthy young persons 
with large potential capacity for service to enter college and 
encourage them to find ways for completing their academic 

No denominational group which will not generously pro- 
vide financial support for training- its own future religious 
leaders can expect to continue to grow. Nor has it a right to 
expect financial support for such training from persons who 
are not members of its denominational group. 

No denominational college and no other high grade college 
of which we know is self-sustaining. They were not so in- 
tended from the beginning and are not now. 

the Stockton Brethren church, but will make their home in 
Sacramento where both are now employed. 

A host of friends wish the rich blessing of God upon this 
newly established home. Frank Gehman. 

GRISSO-KURTZ— Charles H. Grisso and Miss Hazel Kurtz 
were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents 
at Smithville, Ohio, on New Years day. Charles is the young- 
est son of Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Grisso, is a graduate of the 
Cincinnati College of Embalming and is at present in the 
employ of a large undertaking firm in Dayton. Miss Kurtz 
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kurtz of Smithville. 
She is a graduate of Ashland College and is a teacher in the 
High School at Gratis, Ohio. They are both members of the 
Brethren Church and active in the Dayton church. May 
heaven's choicest blessings attend them as they journey 
down life's road together. The ceremony was performed by 
the writer. C. C. Grisso. 

BRADISH-KNEPPER— The marriage of Miss Millicent 
Knepper of Conemaugh and Mr. Che:;ter T. Bradish of Geis- 
town, was solemnized at the Vineo Brethren parsonage on 
December 22, 1941 by the Rev. C. Y. Gilmer. 

WALK— MACKEL— Miss Twila Maekel and Mr. Dale C. 
Walk wei'e united in marriage by the undersigned on the 
eve of December 27, 1941, at the home of the bride's parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maekel, Vinco, Pa. Mr. Walk is the 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy E. Walk, of Vinco. Both of the 
young people are members of the Vinco Brethren Church. 

C. Y. Gilmer. 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

-r CaiJi tn Swt -r 


Masontown, Pa., January, 1942. 

To the Unknown Friend of the Masontown Brethren Church: 
To the one who has been for six months, each month 
sending a generous contribution to the work of the church, this 
letter is one of public thanks. Perhaps you are a reader of 
the Evangelif^t and will have thus brought to you our thanks 
for the thoughtful consideration that has been extended this 
work. The contribution, though from some one unknown to 
us, is an inspiration to those who are on the field. So to 
whomever you may be, in the great city of New York, we 
extend to you our sincere thanks. Freeman Ankrum. 

Pastor Masontown Brethren Church. 

I want to thank my many friends for their good wishes 
and prayers during the days of my illness. 
Linwood, Maryland. A. B. Cover. 


FELLS— JOHNSON— On January 24th, Elsie Johnson, 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Cecil H. Johnson of Falls City, 
Nebraska, became the bride of H. William Fells, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Leonard Fells, San Joaquin County, California. 

The ceremony was performed by the writer at the Manteca 
Brethren Church. These young people are both members of 

CUNNINGHAM— While sitting at the evening meal Tues- 
day evening, January IG, 1942, suddenly in a space of less 
than five minutes, Clarence Cunningham passed from time 
to eternity. He was born in Greene County, Pennsylvania, 
October 30, 1869, and was at the time of his death, 72 years, 
2 months and 1.3 days of age. 

He was united in marriage to Miss Gertrude Crumrine 
of Greene County, Pennsylvania. To this union were born 
ten children, of whom seven survive him. They are, Mrs. 
Carl Swisher, Masontown ; Edgar, of Washington, Pa. ; Roy 
of Carmichals, Pa.; Arlie, of Pisga, West Virginia; Mrs. 
Paul Metheney, of Masontown, Pa.; Mrs. George Beal, Ma- 
sontown, Pa., and Mrs. George Fagan, of Monongahela, Pa. 
He is survived by one brother and sister of Carmichals, Pa. 
His companion preceded him in death in 193.5. 

Some twenty-eight years ago he became a member of the 
Masontown Brethren Church, and was faithful to the end. 
He was a kind and lovable man, one with whom it was a 
pleasure to visit. 

Funeral services were held in the Masontown Brethren 
Church by the writer, his pastor. Interment in the nearby 
cemetery. Freeman Ankrum. 

REYNOLDS— Mrs. Daisy Reynolds, daughter of Oliver 
and Amanda Grable Burson, was born in West Bethlehem 
Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, March 31, 
1869. On Maich 24, 189.') she was married to Mr. O. N. 
Reynolds, of Lone Pine, Pennsylvania, and maintained her , 
home in that village until her demise on December 23, 1941. 
Mrs. Reynolds was the mother of three children, all of ' 
whom together with her husband preceded her in death. 

During several years of semi-invalidism Mrs. Reynolds 
found time to engage in many tasks which occupied her 

January 31, 1942 


spare time. For several years she operated the switchboard 
of the local telephone lines in her home town, and between 
times turned out many articles of needlework, in clothing, 
quilts and fancywork, thus emulating Dorcas of old. 

On June 26, 1887 Sister Reynolds united with the High- 
land Brethren Church, in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 
and throughout her life maintained her affiliation with that 
congregation. As long as health permitted, she was a faith- 
ful attendant upon the services of her own church. 

As those who sori'ow most at her leave taking, she is sur- 
vived by two brothers, J. C. Burson, of Scenery Hill, Pa., 
and Frank C. Burson, of Elm Grove, W. Va., and one sister, 
Mrs. Rebecca Kendall, of Washington, Pa. A sister, Mollie, 
wife of Mr. W. E. Spriggs, preceded her in death. 

Funeral services for Sister Reynolds were conducted Sun- 
day afternoon, December 28, 1941, in the Highland Brethren 
church, in accord with her expressed wish to be buried from 
her home church. Services were in charge of Rev. DyoU 
Eelote, pastor of the Second Brethren church, of Uniontown, 
Pa., assisted by G. L. Baker, pastor of the Highland congre- 
gation. Burial was made in the Lone Pine Cemetery near 
the home where her entire married life was spent, and 
where her life of Christian helpfulness will long be remem- 
bered. "He giveth His beloved sleep." 

Mrs. Mildred Dag-ue, Sec. Highland Brethren Church. 

OTTO — Eugene E. Otto answered the call of his Lord he 

loved so well and entered into his rest on the evening of 

November 24, 1941, succumbing to a heart attack at the 

! home of his daughter, Mrs. Raymond Berg of Little Rock, 


He was born in the province of Saxony, in Gei*many, May 
20, 1865. His age at the time of his passing v^as 76 years, 
6 months and 4 days. He came to America at the age of 
twenty-two. He loved the land of his adoption and was al- 
ways a loyal citizen. 

On October 3, 1904 he was united in marriage to Miss 
Anna Showalter near Adrian, Missouri. To this union four 
children were born: Lucile, Carl, Dorthea and Clifton. He had 
been a member of the Fort Scott Brethren church for forty 
years and was vitally interested in every forward m.ovement 
for the church. Because of failing health he gave up active 
life and retired on July 1, 1940. 

Funeral services were held at the Christian Church in 
Adrian, at 2:30 November 27, 1941, conducted by Rev. J. W. 
Bays, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fort Scott, Kan- 
sas. Text: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death 
of his saints." Psalms 116:15. 

He was laid to rest in the family lot at Crescent Hill Cem- 
etery, near Adrian. 

HOOVER — Clyde Grove Hoover was born December 16, 
1891, died January 23, 1942, aged 50 years, 1 month and 7 

His illness was of short duration, passing on to his reward 
just when all hope of his recovery was high. Clyde was be- 
loved by all who knew him, and the flower-banked rem 
was a testimony of the high esteem in which he was held in 
the community. 

It was the writer's privilege to know him but i short time, 
but long enough to feel his influence. 

He is survived by his widow, Rhoda Shearer Hoove)-, and 
the following children, Mrs. Carolyn Hoffman and Robert 
Nelson Hoover. Also two grandchildren.. 

D. C. White. 

Brethren Church. Her zeal and devotion to her church was 
notable throughout her entire life. She died on Sunday 
morning, January 4th, as a result of a hemorrhage. She had 
just phoned a neighbor who was to take her to Sunday School, 
saying that she believed that she could not go that morning. 
Mrs. Dowell was the last member of the family of the late 
George G. and Susan Thomas Hall, her nine brothers and 
sisters having preceded her into the life beyond. Her demise 
followed less than two weeks that of her brother Professor 
Jacob Henry Hall (See The Brethren KvangeUst of Jan. 10, 
1942) . Her brother. Elder J. L Hall, formerly pastor at St. 
James, Maryland, and Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Brethren 
churches, died some years ago. She was in her seventy-first 

Although she had been in very frail health since I had 
known her, Mrs. Dowell was faithful to the services of the 
house of God, often coming in spite of obstacles that would 
have kept less determined persons at home bewailing their 
inability to participate in public worship. 

Back in 1931 she wrote a note on April 13th addressing 
it to the pastor of the Bethlehem Brethren Church, "To be 
given him when my journey here is over." In this communica- 
tion she gave her choice of a funeral text. It was a text that 
well described her life and how she regarded death, for she 
selected 2 Timothy 4:6-8: "For I am now ready to be offered 
and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a 
good fight, I have finished my course I have kept the faith. 
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, 
which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me in that day; 
and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appear- 

Not only did she give the text, but she also implored that 
the pastor of her church would warn the people lest they 
forsake the Word of God. She signed the note, "Yours for the 
whole Bible, Mi'S. G. C. Dowell — farewell until we meet." 
She chose the text, but her life was the sermon. A sermon 
which said to those who knew her that she did the very best 
she could for God ; that she loved Him to the end with all her 
being. And the sermon ended with a glad note, for she had 
stepped forward to receive her crown. 

She is survived by her daughters Marie and Nellie who 
live at her late home. 

The sendees were conducted by her pastor, assisted by 
Elders Benjamin Landis and William Flory of the Church 
of the Brethren. Interment was made in the Dayton Ceme- 
tery. John F. Locke, 
Pastor Bethlehem Brethren Church. 

FRY — Mrs. Sarah HoUingshead Fry, of near Roann, went 
to be with her Lord at nine o'clock Thursday morning, 
December Uth, at the Graft Nursing Home in Roann, after 
an extended illness of complications, due to her advanced age. 

She was 72 years, 4 months and 8 days of age. She was 
the daughter of Joseph W. and Elizabeth HoUingshead. 

She was married to Jacob Fry March 7, 1895, who died 
several years ago. 

One child, Bessie May, having died at the age of eight. 

One half-brother, two nieces, three nephews remain and 
many friends. She was a member of the Center Chapel church. 

Funeral services were conducted from the Baber Funeral 
Home in Roann with Brother George Swihart of the Roann 
Church of the Brethren and the writer assisting. Burial was 
in the Wallace Cemetery in Wabash County 

Harley Zumbaugh, Pastor. 

DOWELL — Mrs. George C. Dowell (before her marriage 
Miss Jennie Hall) was a charter member of the Bethlehem 

BAKER — Rev. William Baker was born on July 5, 1870. 
He united with the Brethren Church at Cerro Gordo, Illinois, 
in September 1899, under the pastorate of Rev. B. F. Flora. 


Tlie Brethren Evangelist 

He was called to the ministry by the Cerio Gordon Breth- 
ren Church in 1901 and entered Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio, in January 1902, in preparation for the ministry. He 
was graduated in 1905 and ordained to the Eldership at 
Ashland, March 5, 1905, by Elders J. Allen Miller and C. F. 

Thus he gave 37 years of his life to the preaching of the 
Word and to his Savior whom he loved. Fourteen of these 
years were given to the St. James congregation and this 

William Sherman Baker departed this life on January 5, 
1942, aged 72 years. He is sui-vived by his widow, Sarah 
Elizabeth Baker, three sons, Elmer E. and Harry F., of 
Johnstown, Pa., Virgil L. of Franklin Grove, Illinois, and one 
(laughter, Bernice Elizabeth Lowery of Fairplay, Maryland. 
There are also three grandchildren and one great grandchild. 

D. C. White. 

KEENER — Robert Curtis Keener was born August 31, 
1912; was released from the burdens of this life, to be with 
his Lord, January 18, 1942, at the age of twenty-nine years, 
four months, eighteen days. Most of his life was spent at 
home with his parents in Pleasant Home, near West Salem, 
Ohio. He graduated from Congress High School and was a 
student of Ashland College from September, 1932 until June, 
1935. For about fifteen years he had been a member of the 
Fairhaven Brethren Church, where his faithful service gave 
him the offices of Secretary-Treasurer of the Sunday School 
and President of the Young People's Organization of Chris- 
tian Endeavor. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Keener, 
two brothers. Dr. D. G. Keener of West Salem, Russell of 
near Pleasant Home, two sisters, Mrs. Trula Stoffer, of 
Parma, Ohio, and Mrs. Margaret Wiles of Sterling, Ohio, 
remain, awaiting reunion with him at the resurrection from 
the dead. 

Safe in the arms of Jesus, 
Safe on His gentle breast — 

There by His love o'ershaded, 
Sweetly my soul shall rest. 

Hark ! 'tis the voice of angels 

Borne in a song to me 

Over the fields of glory. 
Over the jasper sea. 
Services were conducted from the home in Pleasant Home, 
by the undersigned, on January 21. His body awaits the call 
of the Lord in the Fairhaven Cemetery. 

L. E. Lindower. 
Ashland Theological Seminary 

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The reason I have headed this article as above is because 
I fear the membership of the Brethren Chui-ch at large has 
had the wrong conception of the First Brethren Church of 
Ashland, Ohio. My own idea of this church and the remarks 
made to me by many of my friends, after knowing that I 
was to come here as pastor, has revealed to me the opinion 
many have held in regard to this church. 

Now, either a great transformation has taken place here, 
or else the opinions held by many have been erroneous. Now 

after five months on the field it is my firm conviction that 
the latter has been true. Perhaps a change has taken place. 
But no dead church could rise to life, such as the church is 
manifesting, in a few months. So when assuming the task 
of my new field, I found life, plenty of life from the very 
first Sunday until the present. In fact, I have never been to 
a church where the entire life of its members is as busy. All 
the church needed was direction by some one whom they 
looked to as their leader. And this is never difficult with 
leadership in the church itself. 

So, whatever successes have been achieved, have not been 
due to the pastor alone. For no pastor can succeed without 
the help and cooperation of his people. The Ashland church 
has wonderful leadership and talent and consecration. And 
they have shown a fine spirit in cooperating with the one 
whom they have selected as their leader. I make this state- 
ment that no one shall gather from this report that we are 
boasting in any way of our own ability. For those who know 
me best know that I would not let any small success go to my 
head. For I still feel, as I felt when the call came to me to 
serve this church, that I have been the least in my Father's 
house. But I also fully realize that when the Lord leads and 
we follow He can use to His glory such weakness. And 
sometimes in fields we least expect. I have felt His leading 
in assuming my work here. 

We have endeavored to remind the people of the Ashland 
church that the entire denomination is looking to them at 
least in a small way, to set the pace for the entire denomi- 
nation. Especially since many of her leaders are members 
of this church and since Ashland is the center of our denomi- 
national interests. And they are feeling this responsibility, 
And in many ways are rising to the occasion. 

The finances locally have been the best ever. "The largest 
budget with the least effort," is the testimony of the Finance 
Chairman. There has also remained on this church the burden 
of the debt of the building itself for many years. But this, 
too, has been dwindling down to the place where the church 
hopes to burn the mortgage soon. $1,100 of this has been paid 
since arriving on the field. This leaves about $2,400 remain- 
ing along with several annuities. And the burning of the 
mortgage within a year, we hope, will bring a great blessing 
to this church. 

The special offerings too have been increased over last 
year. Some $100 or more over last year. The church also 
gave a splendid offering toward the Window Fund of new 
Churches. We believe Ashland will stand near the front in all 
the special offerings at conference time. We have been en- 
deavoring to stress equally all of these offerings. ■ 

The attendance at all the services has been grratifying, 
The Brethren students have given their talent in a heartj 
way. We have one of the best choirs in the city under the 
able leadership of Brother Reid Thompson. The prayer meet- 
ing so far has averaged 40. And we are happy to report that 
the teachers at the College, even though busy, find time tc 
come apart in the study of God's Word and prayer for the 
church locally and nationally. 

Forty-two have been received into the membership of the 
church during this time. Four more are to be received wher 
their church letters arrive. One hundred names have beer 
added to our prospective list, so there is still a harvest to be 
gleaned. The revival meeting the last of October was highlj 
pleasing and the congregation expressed their appreciation ii 
a large free will offering. Christmas time found them open 
ing their hearts and pocketbooks in a fine donation of food 
furniture and money. It has been our happy privilege to make 
around 450 completed calls during this time. 

We started the new year with a definite program. Th' 
general theme for the year is: "Putting first things first.' 

anuary 31, 1942 


anuary was "Worship Month". During this month we 
;ressed prayer life in the home and church ; a proper read- 
ig and study of the Word of God in the home and church, 
nd a loyal devotion in attendance at all the services of the 
lurch. February is "Tithe Month". During this month we 
ill make an effoi't to enlist and enroll tithers for the Lord. 
I'^e will close the month with the keeping of a "Tithe Week". 
[arch will be "Witness Month". This Witness Month should 
repare us for a week of holy services leading to a great 
ictory day Easter Sunday. Will you .join your prayers with 
irs that these three months may give new zeal to the 
itire membership here? 

We are giving you the above picture so that the entire 
nomination may rejoice with us in our victories and pray 
ith us in our problems. We would especially ask for the 
^operation of all pastors and laymen who have students in 
ishland College. We want to help them all we can, but can 
ily do so as they are willing to be helped by the local church, 
gain, we ask for your prayers. L. V. King. 

This small country church was given a spiritual uplift. The 
primary purpose of these meetings — to help better prepare 
them for their spring revival. I found a loyal spiritual group 

I had my home with Brother and Sister Engle. I stayed 
with them at night and visited through the day. He is very 
sincere and conscientious. Works through the week and 
preaches for them every Sunday for a small salary. 

He would make a splendid pastor for a full time church if 
he would give up his physical work. 

They promised me they would make up their quota for the 
state mission work. They took up one offering which supplied 
all my financial needs. Isaac D. Bowman. 

Route 3, Howe, Indiana. 



ear Evangelist: 

I held a two weeks' meeting for 0. C. Lemert at the Tiosa 
rethren Church. Brother Lemert has been their pastor for 
)out twelve years. The field has been well gleaned. About 
1 the Sunday School pupils are in the church and most of 
16 families in the community belong to some church. There 
•e a few families do not attend church at all. I cannot recall 
hen I held a meeting with such an intense interest from the 
ginning to the end with so few public confessions. 

The congregations kept up to the very last with the best 
tendance the last night. 

We stayed over one night for their Communion which was 
ry spiritual and well attended. I stayed every night with 
■other Scotts. One of the most lovely homes I was ever in. 

I took dinner and supper out nearly every day. Wonderful 
innsylvania Dutch hospitality the same as I have found 
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Pennsylvania, central and 
rthern Ohio, northeastern Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, eastern 
insas and Nebraska. Ideal cooking and hospitality. 

The pastor and his good wife both teach school. He is uni- 
irsally loved and all say he is one of the best preachers and 
Dst thorough Brethren they have ever had. 

He has one very serious fault — an "Inferior Complex." Like 

OSes he is very meek and won't push himself forward. If 

had a "Superior Complex" he would be one of the best 

own and one of the most popular preachers in the Bi-ethren 


Ilis worth and ability should be better known in the 
ethren Church. 

I never received better treatment than he and his good wife 
owed me and I never found a ])reacher that was more 
i\ ersally loved by his congregation. 

I was serving the Missionary Board of Indiana. They 
omised me they would make up their quota of forty cents 
i Tiember for the State Missionary Board. 

iThey took up one offering for the revival which fully met 
t the expenses of the evangelist. 

1 went from Tiosa to Dutchtown, eight miles from War- 
•v. Gave them a week's lectures principally on the subject, 
he Greatest Lesson for the Christian Church Given by 
rist In Person From Heaven." 

It was the writer's privilege to spend two weeks in bring- 
ing Bible lectures and evangelistic messages to the Brethren 
at Roann, Indiana. As usual, in these days the congregation 
was made up largely of members of the various churches of 
the community. The first week we encountered sub-zero 
weather which we learned was not at all conducive to large 
audiences. The second week was better as far as weather 
was concerned and accordingly we had splendid audiences, 
the house being filled at several of the services. We brought 
our chart study, "The Plan of Redemption" for seven nights. 
This was received with great interest by all who came. 

The Roann church has paassed through some cloudy days 
within the past few years but is now coming out into the 
light and everything seemed to point to a renewed interest 
on the part of all. In common with many of our churches some 
li sses have been sustained. Brother Paul Naff is the pastor 
here and is beloved of the Brethren. The Lord gave us some 
souls for these days of effort for which we give Him the 
glory. The Brethren were appreciative of the efforts of the 
evangelist as expressed in so many ways and not the least 
by their offering. The Lord has many "true Brethren" at 
Roann. It was a joy and a delight to renew many acquaint- 
ances of other years. We shall continue to pray and to believe 
that they will prove themselves to be a true testimony for 
our Lord in the community where they serve. Brother Naff 
spoke to the Brethren at College Corners and Loree and his 
messages were well received. 

The College Corner church recently conducted a "Bible 
Reading" contest which closed January first. During the 
contest six persons read the Bible through. Many were the 
expressions of helpfulness that came to them as individuals 
through the reading of the Word. At the close of the effort 
a fellowship supper and program was entered into with en- 
thusiasm by upwards of an hundred persons. 

At Loree the pastor with home forces expect to begin 
evangelistic meetings on March first. We solicit the prayers 
of the Brethren in behalf of this meeting. At our last public 
service here a woman came to make the great confession. A 
few days previous another gave her heart to the Lord in her 
home. A revival spirit seems to prevail among us. The pastor 
has recently spoken before three local high schools. We are 
fT-nn<T to keen busy for the Lord in visitation and pastoral 
labors generally. We rejoice with our Brethren for the con- 
tinual victories that are being won throughout our brother- 
hood and for the interest manifested all along the line. 

Yours faithfully, until His appearing, 

C. C. Grisso. 


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College Comers, Indiana. — Rev. C. C. Grisso, Pastor. The 
College Corners church recently concluded a Bible Reading 
Contest in which practically the whole church shared. Six 
persons read the Bible through during the time. A fellowship 
supper closed the effort with eighty-nine persons attending. 
It was pronounced a very worthwhile effort. 

Milledgeville, Illinois — Rev. W. S. Benshoff, Pastor. The 
pastor of the Milledgeville Brethren Church spent Sunday, 
January 25th ministering to the Brethren at our church at 
Cerro Gordo, Illinois, both morning and evening, also con- 
ducting a baptismal service in the afternoon. 

Brother Benshoff also reports that on .January 31st, a 
School of Instruction in Leadership Training and Develop- 
ment was conducted at the Church of the Brethren in Mil- 
ledgeville, in which our people cooperated. 

Datiton, Ohio — Rev. Vernon D. Grisso, Pastor. "The Rain- 
bow Class has been doing a fine piece of work. It shows in 
both our Sunday School and church attendance. It has in- 
creased the intensity of our light in the whole community. 
It has brought many of us new friendships and glad "hellos' 
as we meet on the street." 

It is wonderful what Sunday School classes can do for the 
entire church. 

Bryan, Ohio — Rev. C. A. Stewa/rt, Pastor. A men's meeting 
was held in the Bryan church on Wednesday evening, Janu- 
ary 28th, under the direction of Mr. Robert Kerr and proved 
to be a great success. The meeting was addressed by Attorney 
Gibson Fenton. The ladies of the church graciously prepared 
and served the meal. Another meeting was scheduled for the 
near future. 

Brother Stewart also reports that four more have been 
baptized and received into the church. We re.joice with them 
in this victory. This is a fine prelude for the coming revival 
which is to be held, beginning on February 22nd. This meet- 
ing will be conducted by Rev. S. M. Whetstone, pastor of our 
Oakville, Indiana, church. 

North Vandergrift, Pa. — Rev. E. M. Keck, Pastor. We 
^^^^^^^^^ ^ ^^^^^i^^^— — — ^1— ^.M^^ quote from the bulletin of January 25th. "Baptism — We are 

very glad to have another baptism last Sunday. Nine have 
been baptized during the last nine months." 

Interesting Items 2 

. ^, „ TPA-^ ■ 1 Hr I.- T> Q Brother Keck also reports a fine meeting of the Roval 

A New House — Editorial — W. L. R 3 ^, , ^, . , j ■ , ., , , . f , 

Guard Class of boys and girls, the class which he teaches, 24 
God's Debt to Man — Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks 4 being present. 

Man's Debt to God— Rev. E. M. Keck 5 

Five Minute Miniatures— No. 1— Rev. D. B. Flora 6 Stocktoji, Calif omia-Rev. Frank Gehman. Brother Geh- 

o r^ 4. . A- -c ■ ■ TIT- • i c "^^^ reports that the meeting being conducted by Brother 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a Ministry of t,,- „•,, ,t- • c. J^ , ■ , , 

^ ^ ^ Klingensmith, our Missionary Secretarv, has met with much 

Fifty-five Years— Thirteenth of series— sickness and some very bad weather. However we are sure 

Dr. Martin Shively 7 that the results will be better than the conditions. We will 

"Your Birthday Gift, to Him"— Jessie Mae Piatt 8 'ook for a detailed report of these meetings. 

Training for Service in Brethren Camps — 

n 1 -c 1 ■ A n "^ ^^""'^ before us the first of the bulletins of the West 

Ur. JL.. ti. Jjindower 9 , , , ■ rw. ■ -n i.\. ,-.1 , • ... 

Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church, issued bv its new pastor, 

Blood, Sweat and Tears— Dr. C. F. Yoder 10 Brother Eugene Beekley. The letter on the back page to the 

Our Children's Department 12 congregation, is a fine appeal to the church for a full coopera- 

Education and the Future — Rev. J. Raymond Schutz 13 *'°n- 

An Address to Ministers — Part I — Dr. I. D. Bowman 13 w -ki t tu ,. -c \. ic^u j 00 , ,, , -^ 

"e Not* That February 15th and 22nd are firctftren irrn'!- 

Laid to Rest 15 gelist Subscription Days in the West Alexandria Ohio, Breth- 

Among the Churches 15 ren Church. How about your church? 

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September S. 1928. 






Did you ever build a new house? If you have not, 
you have missed a lot of fun, but you have also 
missed a lot of worry. If you have, you have learned 
a lot of things. You have learned, that it is usually 
impossible to live up to the time schedule for the 
completion of the work — that the costs are usually 
higher than you expected — that when you think that 
the house is about finished because it is under roof, 
really about half of the work remains to be com- 
pleted. Yes, you have learned all of this and much 

House building was not an entirely new experi- 
ence to the writer, but he is willing to confess that 
he had many new experiences in this case and that 
they were not all any too pleasant. These new expe- 
riences were due largely to two reasons. First, a 
building of the size of the large building presents 
different kinds of problems than those of a home. 
There are building permits and state inspectors, ex- 
:ra heavy reinforced concrete footers and floors, steel 
beams, stacks and stacks of brick and tile, new labor 
problems, and not least of all is the length of time 
required to build the walls during which time all of 
the wood beams and sub floors are exposed to the 
weather. An ordinary house is frequently put under 
roof within a ten day period, while our building re- 
quired weeks to bring under cover. 

The second new experience was building in such 
uncertain and difficult times. We were expecting to 
y)mplete our work before the difficult times arrived, 
out in this we failed and in the fact that no one could 
possibly foresee just what kind of times we would 
face and are facing. We tried to cover our building 
?osts under contract in the early spring, but some of 
:hem just could not hold. Everything went well until 
September the first, and eveiy business man knows 
what happened then. Some articles were slow in ar- 
riving, some could not be had at any price without 
priority rating, and the prices on most materials 
increased substantially. 

If the building could have been started sixty days 
sooner, the savings would have amounted to a con- 
siderable sum, but had it begun sixty days later, the 
;osts would have been impossible. All in all, I believe 
;hat we have been very fortunate, and we do know 
:hat the Lord has blessed us in marvelous ways. 

Why A New Building? 

This is a strange place to ask such a question, 
when the building is so nearly complete and we are 

now occupying. Yet the question persists in coming 
to our attention, so perhaps it is well to remind our- 
selves again. The Board felt that to build was a 
business proposition as we were paying sixty-one 
dollars per month and even then shared our office 
with a real estate agent. Seven hundred and thirty- 
two dollars per year is a lot of money and interest on 
a lot of money. (Believe it or not, it was an unfortu- 
nate day when the old building was sold!) I am con- 
vinced that unless unforeseen business conditions 
wreck private enterprise in the United States, that 
history will testify that this has been a wise move. 
The monthly income from this property should be 
considerable over one hundred dollars per month not 
counting our o-wTi saving in rent. 

There has been a tendency among Brethren 
churches for each to exist in their own little comer, 
but such a way is the way of death for the Church. 
There must be certain ties which draw us together 
and really make of us a people. Of these ties there 
are all too few in our church. Think of our general 
interests and you have them, and they are all im- 
portant; but one thing is certain WITHOUT A 
CHURCH LITERATURE we cannot go forward. 
Our new Publishing Building ought to be a great 
unifying force. Let us make it so. 

We are anxious to secure a picture as soon as 
possible so that we can present a likeness of the 
building for our readers, but we have waited for a 
little trim which goes on the outside. This we hope 
to have completed before long, if the weather per- 
mits. After you have had the opportunity of looking 
over the building from the picture, we will try to 
present figures and costs as intelligently as possible. 

Have You Ever Moved? 

If you have ever moved, you know what a job it 
is, especially how hard it is to fix a place to cook, 
eat and sleep. Our moving has been of much heavy 
machinery, some of which was too large to pass 
through the doors, and in addition to this a multi- 
tude of small things. During all of this time it has 
been necessary to keep at least one press going. 
We expect to have the last load moved ere this 
reaches our readers, and will we be glad? We are 
making a desperate effort to catch up with our 
work and hope to arrive soon. 

W. E. R. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

M\ Ddil to 1; 

It should be noticed at the beginning of this arti- 
cle that the subject is broad enough to include all 
men. What is God's debt to man whether he be a 
saved man or creature sinking in the gulf of sin? 
To find the answer to this question we may ask 
ourselves, What does a parent owe to its child? 
God is our Father and we are His children, though 
many of us may be prodigal sons and daughters. 
Therefore we would expect Him to treat us in much 
the same manner as would an earthly parent. 

]. God Shoithl Reveal Himself to Man — His 

Every parent should have periods of time when 
he and his child get together and discuss each other's 
viewpoints and problems. They should spend much 
time together in fellowship, play, and work. They 
should leai-n to know each other and be on very in- 
timate terms. 

God has revealed Himself to man. "God, who at 
sundi-y times and in divei-s manners spake in times 
past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these 
last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath 
appointed heir of all things." God has revealed Him- 
self many times and in many ways to the people 
through the prophets, but now the revelation is 
made through His Son, our Lord. 

"Show us the Father," said Philip, "and it will 
be enough foi- us." But Jesus answered him by say- 
ing, "Philip, have I been so long a time with you, 
and yet hast thou not known Me? He that hath seen 
Me hath seen the Father, and how sayest thou then, 
Shew us the Father?" 

But God's revelation of Him.self is not limited to 
those who read His Word oi- listen to the teachings 
of His Son. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, makes 
this point very clear. "The wrath of God is revealed 
from heaven against all ungodliness and unright- 
eousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteous- 
ness." Why does He hold men responsible when 
they have never heard the Word of God? The an- 
swer is that there are no such men. They are re- 
sponsible, "Because that which may be known of 
God is manifest in them ; for God hath shewed it 
unto them. For the invisible things of Him fi'om the 
creation of the world ai'e clearly seen, being under- 
stood by the things that are made, even His eternal 
))ower and Godhead: so that they are without ex- 
cuse." Romans 1 :19, 20. 

God has revealed Himself to men overywhci'c at 
all times since the creation of the fii'st man in the 

Rev. Clarence S. Fairbanks 

Garden of Eden. God has revealed Himself through 
nature, and the prophets, but primarily through 
His Son. 

2. God Should Provide the Necessities of Life to 
Man — His Creature I 

Every earthly parent is held responsible for each 
child that he brings into the world. He must pro- 
vide it with food, shelter, clothing and an educa- 
tion. As children of the Heavenly Father, have we 
the right to expect that He will do as much for us? 
If God created man — and He did, certainly we 
should expect Him to provide for His creatures' 
daily needs. 

Jesus used this line of argument when He encour- 
aged His disciples to pray. "What man is there of 
you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a 
stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a ser- 
pent? If ye then, being evil know how to give good 
gifts unto your children, how much more shall your 
Father which is in heaven give good things to them 
that ask Him?" "Behold the fowls of the air; for 
they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into 
barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Ai'e 
ye not much better than they? . . .Consider 
the lilies of the field ... If God so clothe the 
grass of the field . . . shall He not much 
more clothe you, ye of little faith?" 

We said in the beginning that our subject includes 
all men — saved and unsaved. We have seen that 
God has revealed Himself to all men. Does He pro- 
vide for the needs of all men? I think we can safely 
answer that He does. "For He maketh His sun to 
rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain 
on the just and on the unjust." Jesus has been teach- 
ing His disciples in this passage that they ought to 
love their enenves as well as their friends and 
showed them that God their Father was their ex- 
ample because he gave His sun and rain upon all 
men even unto those who hated Him. 

■L We Should Expect God to Discipline Man — 
His Creature 

Every parent has the task of disciplining his or 
her children. This is not a joyous task, but it is a 
very necessary one. "He that spareth his rod, hateth 
his .son." This isn't a very good slogan for modern 
day psychology, but it is good discipline. 

God disciplines all men. This fact cannot be de- 
nied. "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth." 
Heb. 12:6. Does God love the unsaved man as well 

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IS the saved? John three sixteen states that "God 
10 loved the world." Not those who accept Christ 
IS their Savior, but all men — saved ^nd unsaved 
ilike. Our text tells us that whom the Lord loves He 

.. God Has Provided the Way of Life Eternal For 
Man — His Creature 

There is a difference in men. For some men chas- 
ening corrects their faults and draws them closer 
the heart of God, while other men are made bitter 

and are driven to reject God's provision for them. 

We cannot say that God owes us this debt, for 
man in the Garden of Eden rejected God's way of 
life. But God, in His mercy for fallen mankind, has 
made that provision for all men. "Whosoever will, 
let him take of the water of life freely." Rev. 22:17. 

How good is our heavenly parent that He should 
provide all men everywhere the physical and spirit- 
ual things that they need for this life and the life 
to come. May the whole world praise His Holy Name. 
Fremont, Ohio. 


Man's Delit lo God 

Rev. E. M. Keck 

We read in the most instructive book of Genesis 
f how God "formed man of the dust of the ground, 
nd breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, 
nd man became a living soul." Then the Word tells 
f God preparing a home, replete with every com- 
3rt and blessing for man and of placing him in the 
arden prepared for him. "And the Lord God planted 
garden . . . An'd the Lord took the man and 
ut him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and 
) keep it." 

In this Paradise God walked and talked with man. 
low blessed and sweet this fellowship must have 
een. We see man's relationship to God. He must 
bey, implicitly, that God in everything. Through- 
ut God's work there is seen to be due subordination 
f one above another. God is over all and man is 
[is representative on earth. But man failed to rec- 
gnize his Creator as his superior. The sceptre fell 
rom his hands and sin with its awful consequences 
ame into the world. 

We read in Genesis that "on the seventh day God 
nded his work which He had made; and He rested 
11 the seventh day from all His work which He had 
lade" (2:2). Thus we read of God at rest, as to His 
reation work, until the sin of man disturbed that 
est. The first rest depended upon the goodness or 
bedience of Adam. Sin came and led God to begin 
lat work that He might rest in redemption — rest 
'hich rest none shall ever be able to disturb, for it 

depended on the finished work of the Son of God 
upon the cross. 

At the divinely appointed time, God sent His Son 
to become man and enter upon a mode of existence 
in which the experience that belonged to human be- 
ings would be His. He came "to give his life a ran- 
som for many." He "came into the world to save 
sinners" (2 Tim. 1:1-5). How was man to get right- 
eous again? Substitution was necessary. "For as 
by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, 
so by the obedience of one shall many be made right- 
eous" (Rom. .5:19). 

Man could not feel the full significance of death, 
the consequence of sin. But Christ, in His sinless- 
ness, perfectly realized its awfulness. It was our 
sins that He bore and it was for our salvation that 
He was made to suffer. In His death we see His 
exceeding preciousness, meeting and far surpassing 
all the claims of God on created man. On the cross 
He v.ho knew no sin bore our sins and endured for 
us the unfathomable judgment of God. And so com- 
pletely was it all settled on the cross, between Di- 
vine Justice and the spotless Victim that now justice 
has no charge to bring against the believer. 

The following words from two of our great hymns 
try to express what Christ did for us at Calvary: 

"Jesus paid it all, 
All to Him I owe ; 
Sin had left a crimson stain, 
He washed it white as snow." 

"But drops of grief can ne'er repay 
The debt of love I owe; 

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Here, Lord, I give myself away — 
'Tis all that I can do." 

In Christ's death divine satisfaction was fully met 
for man's sin. We owe to God our life and breath 
and all the joys we have in Him now or in the life 
with Him in eternity. When we take Christ as our 
Lord and Savior, we become a new creature in 
Christ Jesus and enter the more abundant life. We 
are indeed deeply indebted to God for all He did for 
us and ever will do. Can we ever repay Him? No. 
The veiy best that we can do is profoundly expressed 
by another of our great hymns in the following way : 

"All the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to His blood." 

And again: 

"Were the whole ream of nature mine, 
That were a present far too small ; 
Love so amazing, so divine. 

Demands my soul, my life, my all." 

Let us live for our Lord and glorify Him in all 
that we do. We may often feel weary and sore de- 
pressed, but let us never tire of doing our very best 
at all times. This means that we should always re- 
joice that we can come to our Lord's house of 
prayer. We should be found at our place at Sunday 

School and church. Should anything keep us from 
our church activities? Not unless it is illness oi 
something beyond our control. We should bring Him 
our material gifts, for God has blessed us in such 
a wonderful way both materially and spiritually. 
We should joyfully use our natural gifts or talents 
for our God. And how can we keep from doing all 
that He would have us do? 

What more can we say about our debt to God for 
what has been done for us? Our faculties are toe 
limited to fully comprehend our debt to God for the 
imputation of sin to Christ for us. We praise God 
that Christ was willing to suffer the curse for us 
even if sin, in itself being a terrible offense to God, 
required a terrible penalty. Through Christ we arc 
saved and brought into fellowship with God. And 
we, too, come to the place where we must humbly 
say with the writer: 

"What language shall I borrow 

To thank Thee, dearest Friend : 
For this Thy dying sorrow, 

Thy pity without end? 
make me Thine forever; 

And should I fainting be. 
Lord, let me never, never 

Outlive my love to Thee." 
North Vandergrift, Pa. 


(This sei-ies of brief messages was broadcast over radio 
station WTRC, Elkhart, Indiana, during June 9-13, 1941.) 


"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in 
Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:1. 

Let us direct our attention for a moment toward the phrase 
"be strong". The idea that the Apostle Paul conveyed to 

Timothy was that he should acquire strength, increase ii 
strength, recover strength from sickness or weakness as ii 
Hebrews 11:34 where the writer speaks of Gideon, Barak 
Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel, who, among othe: 
things, "out of weakness were made strong." 

We have here, then, the picture of one, Timothy, who i: 
weak, possibly as result of recent illness, and probably chron 
ically in ill health, being encour'aged by St. Paul to regaii 
his strength. We would do violence to the Apostle's inten' 
and language, however, if we should fail to notice that hii 
greater concern is the moral and spiritual strength of th( 
young pastor of the Ephesian church, for he exhorts hin 
not only to be strong, but to be strengthened in the graci 
that is in Christ Jesus. 

Those outside Christ are spiritual invalids. Paul says ii 
Romans 5:6, "When we were yet without strength, in due 
time Christ died for the ungodly." When we put the thoughi 
In different words to help us in our contemplation, we hav< 
it as, "When we were still helpless, at the decisive momenl 
Christ died for godless men." 

Ezekiel 6:6, 9 provides a splendid comment for us on this 
point. The Lord says of Israel, "When I passed by thee 
and saw thee weltering in thy blood, I said unto thee, Thougl 
thou art in thy blood, live; yea, I said unto thee. Though 
thou art in thy blood, live. Then I washed thee with water 
yea, I thoroughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I 
anointed thee with oil," (ARV). We may also add from thi 
following verses, "I clothed thee, and shod thee, and girdec 
thee, and covered thee, and decked thee." 

All this is possible in Jesus Christ. As unsaved, men an 
positively helpless from the spiritual standpoint. They cai 
do nothing to save themselves. In Christ they are washec 
of their sin, they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, clothec 

February 7, 1942 

with the white lobes of righteousness which God the Father 
provides in Christ, they are shod with the preparation of the 
Gospel of peace, girded with truth and love, their nakedness 
is covered with Christ's sheltering grace,^ and they are 
decked with good works before the Lord. 

One who has just accepted Christ and the payment for 
sin is as one who has passed through a dangerous illness and 
is now convalescent. He stows a little stronger day by day. 
He walks a little farther, goes up steps a little better, does 
not find it necessary to lie down so long or so often, he takes 
stronger food. 

The newly saved man, and all Christians, is expected to 
"attain unto the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of 
the Son of God, unto a full grown man, unto the measure of 
the stature of the fulness of Christ," and "to grow up in all 

things into Him, who is the head, even Christ." Ephesians 
4:13, 15. Timothy must be "nourished in the words of the 
faith, and of the good doctrine . . . and" says his 
counsellor, "exercise thyself unto godliness." I Timothy 4:6, 7. 
His senses were to be exercised to discern good and evil. 
We may be certain that with proper nourishment, proper 
exercise and care any one newly born from above will be- 
come strong in the Lord. 

Paul says, "I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. Through Him anyone 
can be "strengthened with all power, according to the might 
of His glory." Colossians 1:11. He is the great Physician 
and Savior of men's souls. Without Him you are sick, help- 
less, ready to die. With Him you are saved, and growing 



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During the last of my two years' service as pastor 
of the Miami Circuit, I was approached by one of my 
ministerial friends in Pennsylvania concerning a 
field in that state which was without a pastor at 
the time — a field which he felt was one of excep- 
tional promise, and one which he felt would prove 
a very congenial field for me. The field was the pas- 
torate of the church at Masontown. I had no thought 
of making a change, but he suggested that I consent 
to hold an evangelistic meeting, to which I consented. 

Early in February of 1914 the meetings were 
opened, and for three weeks, seven days and nights 
each week were given over to the effort, and the 
Lord added daily such as were willing to enter into 
His service. At the suggestion of several of the lead- 
ing members of the congregation, I extended the 
invitation at the close of the first service, and a 
splendid young lady came forward, confessing her 
Lord. In spite of heavy snow and extremely cold 
weather, the attendance at every service was such 
as to cheer the heart of the preacher, as well as the 
members of the congregation. At the close of the 
effort, forty-one persons had responded to the invi- 
tation, and a congregational meeting extended a call 
to us to become pastor of the group. The call was 
accepted, and early in May of the same year, wife 
and I came to occupy the parsonage which had been 
purchased and which we occupied for six years, until 
we came to Ashland. 

Some Outstanding Experiences in a 
Ministrp of Fiftg-five Years 

Thirteenth in Series 

This was my last full time pastorate, and the most 
successful from the standpoint of additions to the 
church for in all, more than two hundred persons 
united with the congregation during this period, and 
the Masontown Brethren Church had become the 
leading Protestant denomination in the town. Bap- 
tisms were very frequent, and there were plenty of 
other evidences that the Lord was present in great 
power. The Sunday School grew from an average 
attendance of 81, the previous high mark, to above 
200, and the influence of the church grew in ever 
increasing demand upon the time and effort of the 
pastor anad his associates. 

One of the very unusual things which was pres- 
ent, was the fact that the success of the work was 
in large degi-ee due to the cooperation of two men, 
neither of whom ever were formally a part of the 
congregation. One of these was C. L. Sangston and 
the other Arthur Young. The first was a Presby- 
terian and the other an Episcopalian, but no man 
has ever been blessed with two more loyal support- 
ers than the pastor had in them. I do not mean to 
insinuate that these were the only helpers which the 
pastor had, for no man could ask or expect a more 
loyal group than I had during all the years of my 
work there. I shall always remember in my prayers, 
the dear Brethren and friends who were my associ- 
ates in both the town and the church. 

The Masontown Brethren church owed its exist- 
ence in large measure to one family, originally. That 
was the John Sterling family, all the members of 
which were early members of the Brethren Church. 
Two members of that family early became ordained 
ministers of the denomination — -A. J. (Andrew) and 
Mary, both of whom were among its first pastors. 
Both served as pastors of the congregation, and the 
family, I suspect was largely, if not wholly, respon- 


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sible for the erection of a commodious and substan- 
tial house of worship. That house is still in service, 
and with a number of very worth while improve- 
ments and additions, makes an attractive appeal to 
such as enter it. The Sterling family then consisted 
of Andrew, Mary, Amy, Ephraim, Buchanan and 
Belle. Only Aunt Belle, now Mrs. Honsaker, is left 
to continue the work which that family began, and 
she continues to serve with unswerving loyalty and 

The workers may die, but the work goes on, for 
in an institution like the Brethren Church, there are 
always those who will serve under its standard, for 
which we thank God and take courage. At the pres- 
ent moment they are led by Brother Freeman Ank- 
rum, who loves them for their loyalty and efficient 

There were many occasions during the years at 
Masontown which are indelibly fixed in my soul and 
most of them are so fixed in my being that I rejoice 
again and again because the Lord permitted me to 
have a part in them. And the memoiy of some of 
them brings tears even yet as they come to the fore 
in my memory. 

One of this latter kind was the funeral of Adam 
Walek, a young man of Polish descent, who was a 
teacher of boys in our Sunday School. At the time 
of his accidental death in a coal mine nearby, he was 
in his early twenties, the only support of his wid- 
owed mother, as well as a sister and younger brother. 
He was the cleanest, whitest young man I have ever 
known and many hundreds wept as they attended the 
service from which his mortal remains were carried 
to the cemetery nearby. The day following that very 
largely attended funeral I said to my very dear 
friend, Mr. Johnston, the undertaker, "Herb, I saw 
yesterday what I never expected to see — a certain 
man standing back in the vestibule of the church, 
weeping uncontrollably." He replied, "Yes, he was 
not alone in his weeping either, for the death of that 
young man will do this town more real good than 
any one thousand sermons that have ever been 
preached in it." What he meant was the fact that 
here had been a real young man, whose smile could 
not be erased, and from whose lips neither a foul 
nor any other unchaste word had been heard by any 
one, and one in whom everybody had the most im- 
plicit confidence. 

In a pastorate such as this was, one develops 
friendships even outside the group which he espe- 
sially serves, and these enrich his soul and make him 
rejoice in the very fact that God has given him the 
privilege of living among men. While the names of 
Sangston, Sterling, Honsaker, DeBolt, Shoaf, Kelly, 
Graham, Hogue, Hunt, and a large number of others 
still live vividly in my soul, and shall as long as life 
lasts, and even longer, there are others who were 
my Brethren only in the wide sense, names which 

are and shall always be dear to me. And though 
twenty-one years have passed since I said farewell 
to the scenes which had grown so veiy familiar, I 
still think of men and women who would have done 
anything for me and mine. The names of Wells, 
Neff, Ralston, Fr. Kolb, and a host of others, are 
enshrined in my soul. God bless them and keep them 


Christmas time was almost here 
When thoughts came to a child 

Who had no money for gifts, 
Whose heart was undefiled. 

To know she had no money 

To buy for mother and dad, 
Nor any of her little friends, 

Made her feel very sad. 

"What shall I do, the dear child cried, 

"This precious time of year. 
Can't even buy a Christmas gift 

For not one friend so dear." 

Then as she spoke, she wondered 

Of that approaching Day, 
When this thought clearly came to her — 

"Why, it's really God's Birthday." 

Then she thought of the birthday 

Of the little girl next door- 
How they had celebrated it 

With gifts to her of four. 

Then her little face began to smile 

She gave a little sigh — 
"Why I know the very thing I'll give 

That money cannot buy." 

So on her little knees she fell — 

A prety sight to see — 
On this dear Jesus' Birthday, 

I give myself to Thee. 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

Jessie Mae Piatt. 

Christ's coming, like the lightning, will be sudden 
and unexpected and "as a flaming fire taking ven- 
gence on them that know not God." But like the 
lightning's illumination from the east to the west, 
shall be seen, as in one great flash, the coming of our 
Lord. Not only shall He be seen by all, but all shall 
hear the "shout," "the voice of the archangel" and 
"the trump of God." 

"The growling man leads a dog's life." Better smile, even 
if growls are hard to restrain sometimes. The blind beggar 
was determined not to lead a dog's life longer, so he tried 
faith and prayer, then "good cheer." The combination work- 
ed. See him "rise" out of his beggary into a new man. But 
remember: the real secret of the transformation was out on 
God's highway, in the Source of healing and cheer. "He 
calleth thee!" 

February 7, 1942 




The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 

t. u. MILLER 


Gen&ral Secretary 

Training For Service 
In Brethren Church Camps 

Dr. L. E. Lindower 


.... "A summer gathering which considers its re- 
ponsibility finished when 'taps' are sounded on the 
losing day is taking a limited view of its tasks. 
What happens 'back home' as the result of camp is 
^ery essential. 

Emotions are stirred at camp, but emotional ex- 
)eriences are transitory. 

"Minds are stimulated at camp, but memories are 

"Resolutions are frequent at camp, but the pull of 
he world is strong. 

.... "Following we submit the fellowship of the 
Second Mile' program as arranged and submitted by 
he United Brethren Church for their young people 

..(Matt. 5:41) 

'The First Mile— 'The first mile' is to attend the 
ummer convention, training school or convention, 
aithfully take part in all the progi'am activities, and 
hus prepare yourself for better service and leader- 
hip in your church. 

"The Second Mile — 'The Second Mile' is to return 
your church and put into practice the inspiration, 
iiformation, and training you have received. A 'Sec- 
ind-Miler' keeps his own personal devotional life 
varm and vital. He works earnestly in his church all 

the year through- He does his best to enlist others in 
personal Christian life, in churcli membership and in 
Christian service. 

. . . ."MY SECOND MILE PROGRAM". . . . 

1. Physical growth and health. 

a. I will try to be efficient physically, and main- 
tain a sensible schedule of exercises, sleep, diet, 
bathing, etc. 

b. I will try to help others in my church to know 
about the laws of clean living, physical develop- 
ment and health. 

2. Education. 

a. If I am in school I definitely will try to do my 
best work in class and in other educational op- 

b. If I am out of school I will try to observe a pro- 
gram of reading, lectures, classes in the church, 
to continue to grow mentally. 

c- I will try to make my Sunday School sessions 
and C. E. meetings really educational and in- 
structive so that young people may learn the 
real meaning of the Christian life. 

3. Use of Money. 

a. I will earn money only by honest work and will 
keep a strict account of all money I receive 
through earnings or allowances, and set aside at 
least one-tenth to be used for the Lord's work. 

b- I will help my church to advance Christian 
stewardship and will try to promote tither's 
leagues among the young people. 

4. Life work. 

a. I will, by studying myself, by counselling with 
older friends and prayer, seek to find the life 
work for which I am best fitted, so that I can 
best use my abilities to serve the world. 

b. By arranging special vocational meetings and 
by reading I will try and help other young peo- 
ple prepare for worthwhile life work- 

.5. Christian citizenship. 

a. I will try to find the will of God and perform 
the duties of a Christian citizen at home, in 
school, in my city and in my country. I will real- 
ize that before the laws of God and of the state, 
people of all classes, colors and creeds are to be 
treated with honor and respect. I will take part 
in local civic issues, and also will strive to be a 
'world citizen' in my thoughts and feelings. 


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b. In various ways in the Church I will try to 
share with otheis the spirit of Christian citizen- 
ship and enlist them in the same project. 

. Recreation and play. 

a. I will plan my recreation according to Christian 
ideals. I will study constructive methods of us- 
ing my leisure time, providing, of course, for 
both activity and I'elaxation physically and 

b- I will do my best to see that young people of my 
church have a chance for wholesome recreation 
and social life. 

, Fellowship with family and friends. 

a. I will make my Christian life mean something 
at home in my everyday relationship with 
parents, brothers and sisters. I will try to make 
my home a center for wholesome friendships. I 
will share in the work about my home and if 
necessary and possible, assist financially. 

b. I will try and make my church a 'spiritual home' 
where boys and girls and older people are helped 
to become better 'home folks 'and better friends 
to all people- I will be interested in Christian 

missions so that the spiritual family of God ma; 
be extended. 

8. The love of the good and the beautiful. 

a. I will try to develop a taste for only the goo( 
and beautiful in books, in art, in music, in th 
outdoors, in conversation, in entertainment ani 
recreation, in private thinking and meditation 

b. I will do what I can through the church to giv 

people an appreciation for those things whicl 
are good and beautiful. 

9. Special religious activity and church work. 

a. I will be faithful in my personal devotions an< 
learn to appreciate worship. I will do more thai 
my share if called on to help advance the causi 
of Christ and the church. 

b- I will seek to win others to Christ, to the churcl 
and to the Christian way of life. < 

(This article is quoted from the graduate thesis o: 
Vernon D. Grisso presented to the faculty of Ash 
land Theological Seminary for graduation, June 
1940. Complete mimeographed copy of this practica 
and helpful thesis can be procured through th( 
National Sunday School Association.) 

The Editors Speak 

The words which form the above title are well 
known. Perhaps none of the words of the English 
Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill, have been wiser 
than these. They have stirred the British Empire 
to a sacrifice and heroism which has won the admi- 
ration of all liberty-loving people. They go ringing 
and echoing around the world calling all people to 
forsake the frivolity of the times and return to the 
stern realities of the call of duty in a time when the 
world is threatened with barbarism and slavery. 


Dr. C. F. Yoder 

When Mr. Churchill, as the representative of ar 
empire, speaks of blood as an imminent baptism foi 
the people he, of course, is thinking of war with it! 
fearful toll of blood. When he calls the people to th( 
defense of their liberties and Christian institution; 
he is in line with the course of the age in which wan 
will have a place until the time is fulfilled for thi 
Prince of Peace to reign. It was he himself wh 
said, "If my kingdom were of this world then wouli 
my servants fight." He knew that in an unconvertet. 
world laws are made, not for the good but for thi 
evil doers. Is it not prophesied that He himsell 
when He shall sit on the throne of His glory "sha, 
rule the nations with a rod of iron?" Is it not proir 
ised to those who refuse to "receive the mark of th 
beast" that they shall share with Him in this righl 
eous reign? "To him that overcometh, and keepet 
my works unto the end, to him will I give powt 
over the nations ; and he shall rule them with a ro 
of iron." Rev. 2:27. 

February 7, 1942 


Such language does not mean that Christ and His 
saints will rule as a tyrant. God forbid. It does mean 
that just now He asks of each individual believer 
that He be given the preeminence in the heart; and 
asks of the church, which is His body, that He be 
recognized and obeyed as the Head and the only 
Head, so then He shall ask of the world that is made 
of one blood, that it also be of one spirit; that since 
it is one family by creation that it behave as mem- 
bers of one family ought to behave, and that it sub- 
mit to the discipline that a good father administers 
that he may have a good family. 

It would be easy for God to oblige people to obey 
Him just as the winds and the waves obey Him, and 
the stars follow their set courses without complaint ; 
but if people were turned into machines they would 
Jose the joy of choosing what to do and what not to 
do, and with it they would lose even the power to 
reason. Therefore, although the road seems long to 
perfection through teaching, it is the road that God 
has chosen for His people. And, although the shed- 
ding of blood is abhorrent to God, He allows people 
to have what they choose ; but they must suffer the 
consequences and thus learn by experience what they 
will not learn by teaching. 

The modern world has enjoyed wonderful bless- 
ings, such as the ancients never dreamed of enjoy- 
ing, but instead of using their great inventions 
for good, a large part of the modern world only uses 
them for selfish gain or pleasure, and the ambitious 
use them to gain power over the rest. The modern 
world has modified the teachings of the Bible in 
such a way as to permit indulgence in many things 
which bring evil in their wake. 

They must now endure the evils which they have 
brough upon themselves. 

"Hear ye the rod," cries the prophet Micah, "and 
Him that hath appointed it." And he adds: "For the 
*ich men are full of violence, and the inhabitants 
lave spoken lies . . . Therefore I have made 
;hee desolate because of thy sins . . . That 
jvhich thou savest I will give up to the sword." 

The prophet, with the spirit of a true child of God. 
leclares his own attitude in the midst of tribulation : 
'I will bear the indignation of Jehovah, because I 
lave sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, 
md execute judgment for me : He will bring me 
'orth to the light, and I shall behold His righteous- 
less." As for the people who refuse to recognize the 
^oice of the rod ; who deny the law of sacrifice for 
he good of others expressed in the words, "blood, 
iweat and tears," the prophet Joel points out the 
lath to follow. He puts the duty upon the ministers 
o lead the way, saying : "Blow the trumpet in Zion, 
ianctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, assemble the 
)ld men, gather the children . . . Let the 
ninisters of Jehovah weep between the porch and 

the altar, and let them say. Spare thy people, 
Jehovah, and give not thy heritage to reproach, that 
the nations should rule over them : wherefore they 
say among the peoples, Where is their God?" 

The kingdom of God does not come by the sword, 
but the destruction of the enemies of God may come 
that way. The people of God should serve their coun- 
try as did the prophets of old. Their lives should be 
without reproach. Their love for God and their fel- 
lowmen should be unfeigned. They should shine as 
lights in a dark place. They should give their lives, 
not to carry a leader on to victory, not to save a flag 
from disappearing, not to preserve even a form of 
government or a social or industrial institution or 
doctrine which has become inadequate in a world 
which must be unified, but to preserve faith and 
righteousness and the love of God in the world. 

If soldiers can endure unspeakable hardships and 
dangers in obedience to their human rulers, how 
much more should the church sacrifice to the utmost 
to give to the world the only remedy which can save 
it from self destruction. 

Now is the time to speed the evangelization of the 
world. Doctors are being impressed into sei^vice to 
attend to the millions of wounded and dying on the 
fields of war. Millions more are following to their 
graves. If the young men and women of the church 
do not hear the call to hasten with the Gospel of sal- 
vation to this dying world, who will hear it? If 
parents will not send their children to our own 
college and seminary to prepare themselves for the 
work of the Lord, who will send them? If we all as 
professed believers in a church that seeks to follow 
the whole Gospel, do not give an example of conse- 
crated living and sacrifice in giving, what reward 
shall we have? 

With drunkenness, smoking, gambling and im- 
morality abounding and increasing, who are the 
prophets called to be martyrs for God? What are the 
pastors saying to the church members who are 
spending ten times, a hundred times, as much for 
theaters and joy rides and self-indulgence of all 
kinds, as they give for the greatest work in the 
world — the extension of the Gospel ? What will God 
say to such a church if it does not change? Will it 
not be "blood, sweat and tears"? 

No Issue for the Week of February 14th 

Since only .50 issues of The Evangelist are pub- 
lished each year, we are taking the liberty of drop- 
ping out the issue of Februaiy 14th in order that we 
may catch up in our work. The fall-behind has been 
due to our moving. The ne.xt issue, February 21st, 
will be the Missionary number. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Our Children's Department 


Dear Children: 

I told you the last time what happy times Joseph's broth- 
ers had in Egypt. The king was very kind to them and 
Joseph took loving care of them and their families. But, after 
a time Joseph went to live with the dear Heavenly Father 
and later the king, also, died. Many, many years passed and 
a gi'eat change came to the Israelites. You remember that 
God gave Jacob a new name, Israel, when he was going to 
meet Esau, so his sons were called the children of Israel. 

There had become so many Israelites that the king of 
Egypt who now ruled over the country and who had never 
known Joseph, was afi-aid of what they might do. He thought 
that some day they might want the whole land and try to 
drive out the Egyptians, so, children, he treated them very 
cruelly, making them work for him like slaves. 

They had to make bricks out of clay and straw, with 
which they built great walls and buildings. They were made 
to bring water from the river to water the fields, so the 
grass would grow. As they worked, Egyptian men stood 
near, who beat them if they stopped to rest. They lived 
in small houses and had poor food to eat and were all very 

But still the children came and there were moie and more 
of them, so the king did not know what to do. At last he 
told the women who took care of the babies to kill all of the 
little boys. He was not afraid of the girls but he thought 
the boys might fight against him when they grew up. But 
the nurses would not do such a cruel thing. Then the 
king sent his soldiers to kill all the boy babies and the poor 
fathers and mothers were so sad. 

At this time there lived an Israelite who had such a 
strange name, Amram. His wife's name Jochobed, also, would 
sound funny to you. They had two children, a little girl 
named Miriam, about nine years old, who sang very sweetly, 
and a bright, merry little boy of three, who was called 
Aaron. Then God sent them another baby boy just when the 
wicked king had said all the little boys must be killed. He 
was a beautiful baby and his mother and father, as they 
looked into his sweet little face, said they would never let 
the cruel soldiei-s get him ; so for three months they hid him 
safely. Think how careful his sister and little brother must 
have been not to let any one know they had a little baby 
dear in their home. 

But when he was three months old, it was harder and 
harder to keep him hidden, so at last his mother made a 
little cradle, or boat, out of some bulrushes. These were 
tall plants that grew near the water, with very strong stems. 
She wove these stems into the right shape and then |)ut 
mud from the river bank over the inside and over the out- 
side, which when it dried, made the cradle firm. To keep 

the water out, she covered it with tar and then she put 
something soft inside for the baby to lie on. 

When it was all made, she ai'ose very early one morning 
and taking Miriam with her, she went to the beautiful river 
Nile which flowed near her home. Here she put the cradle 
with the dear baby in it among the tall flags that grew neai- 
the bank. Miriam, who was Cjuite a big girl and who loved her 
brother dearly, stood a little way off, so she could see what 
might happen to him. Then the dear mother, after she had 
kissed her darling baby, went home and I am sure she kept 
asking the Heavenly Father to take care of him and to keep 
him safe from all harm. 

The baby's mother knew that the king's daughter came down 
here every day to bathe in the water. She was in hopes that 
the baby would be seen and that he might be protected from 
being killed. Sure enough, the princess saw the little boat 
and wanted to see what was in it. She sent one of her serv- 
ants to get the basket. When she saw him, she loved him, 
and wanted him for her own son. He was not used to the 
strange faces looking at him and began to cry. 

Miriam had been eagerly watching to see what the prin- 
cess would do, and as she saw her take the baby up in her 
arms and said: "Would you like a nurse for the baby? I 
think I can find you one." 

The princess answered, "Yes, you may find me one." 

Miriam ran at once and brought her mother to the prin- 
cess. The princess said she would pay the mother for taking i 
care of her son. 

Just think how happy Miriam, Aaron, and their mother 
must have been to have their own dear baby at home in 
safety. They thanked God for His loving care. 

With love in Christ's name. 

Aunt Loretta. 



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February 7, 1942 


Education and the Future 

Rev. J. Raymond Schutz 

Well may an article be so entitled, for it is quite evident to 
every thoughtful person that the future is rather gloomy at 
the present moment. However, I do think that even the pres- 
ent turmoil justifies all of the pessimism and despair that is 
voiced so freely today. The vi-orld has known many dark days 
and we have survived them all. In fact, it was following such 
times that tried men's souls that the great movements and 
events were born. Such movements as the Renaissance, the 
iReformation and in America the establishment of Public 
Schools by the State and Colleges and Universities by the 
Church all came in the wake of a great crisis or upheaval in 
jSociety. We love to think all these good things might have 
icome without the crises which preceded, but we are not sure 
[whether or not they would ha-\'e come that way. 

It is doubtful whether such cruelty and inhumanity as we 
now see in the World would be possible if there were not so 
much paganism in the World. It becomes clear, therefore, that 
the hope of the future is not only a matter of how much edu- 
cation, but more than ever before, what kind of education. 

There is no more futile discussion going on now than the 
one we hear so often, viz., the cause for World War II. There 
are those who blame Hitler — others blame World War I — still 
others blame the Treaty of Versailles. All such arguments, in 
my humble judgment are futile and meaningless. There is 
I very important cause that lies back of all of these. The real 
:ause is the philosophy of nihilism which may, in fact, be 
said to have caused the first World War and that surely has 
produced a Godless Hitler. From all of this then it would 
become clear that it is not a matter of education but Christian 
sducation in which we need to be interested as we face the 
future. Either we will have a Christian civilization or we will 
iiave an end of civilization. I concede to those who believe that 
:he present crisis will mean the return of our Lord and the 
netting up of the Kingdom of Peace or the Conversion of the 
Multitudes to the Kingdom of our Lord. Civilization and what 
Ae have chosen to call human decency cannot survive with the 
World's present philosophy. Either men will change their 
jhilosophy and include God in it, or God will end the carnal 
■xistence of man. 

I have been present in a large number of gatherings recent- 
y, especially in those of business and professional people, in 
vhich the ciuestion has been raised, or the feeling definitely 
•xpressed, that education is in large part responsible for the 
dtuation in which the World now finds itself. While this is a 
ather harsh attitude to assume it is no doubt true to a con- 
! iderable degree. Many serious accusations have been made 
i igainst our whole educational system, and not a few of these 
lave been coming recently from college men themselves. No 
ess a person than Walter Lippman said in a recent article in 
The American Scholar" the Phi Beta Kappa mazagine "that 
f American education continues to follow its present prac- 
ices it will destroy American civilization". Lewis Mumford 
nd others have recently written in the same mood. While 
hose who are thus engaging in their pointed critism do not 
11 agree, and while they use different language to express 
heir feelings, much of it can be summarized in such words as 
secularism", "impersonalism", "materialism", etc; they all 
ead to the same conclusion, viz., that the Christian emphasis 
i lacking. It is into such a picture as this that a college like 
Lshland not only fits, but is frankly our only hope for a 
emedy. Christian Colleges are most desperately needed to 
tem this tide of secularism, but by the same token the Col- 
leges that are not out to promulgate this emphasis on char- 

facter and faith in Almighty God have no right, in fact, to 
survive. If the criticisms that are current, and most widely ac- 
cepted, are correct, then the Institutions of Higher Learning 
that do not put their emphasis entirely upon a spiritual basis 
only contribute to the destruction of our civilization, while at 
the same time we are rushing our College men out of their 
classes to fight to save this civilization that is being destroyed 
in the class room. 

Not only the Brethren Church but civilization itself needs 
Ashland College and any failure in such a time as this for 
Christian people to withhold their support from such an In- 
stitution as Ashland College, would not only be shortsighted 
but serious. 

Then there is another very important point that should not 
be overlooked. Ashland College has given evidence time and 
again that to give this primary Christian emphasis does in no 
way need to interfere with scholarship and will in no wise 
wise interfere in producing expert leaders in many walks of 
life. Of course, we need the Seminary to prepare Ministers of 
the Gospel and leaders in distinctly religious work. But has not 
the time come when Christian Lawyers and Christian Busi- 
nessmen are needed just as badly and when the saving of our 
civilization will depend just as much upon Christian Leader- 
ship in every walk of life ? 

Brethren people will make their largest contributions to the 
Defense of Democracy and Christian civilization by support- 
ing Ashland College, and to this cause each member should 
make a generous contribution. It is the one form in which your 
influence will live on for a long time after you are gone. 

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Dr. I. D. 

For years I have been studying the conditions of the woiid, 
the church universal, and especially our own denomination. 
It seems to me there is no hope for this wicked world, it is 
waxing worse and worse; the church universal has largely 
apostasized; it is a babble of confusion and lukewarm. There 
are a faithful few in nearly all denominations, but the masses 
are hopelessly apostate. Perhaps there never was a time in 
the history of the Christian church when there was a greater 
need of the Brethren Curhch than at this present time. 

We should reemphasize in a special way our distinctive 
doctrines, which include: No written creed but the Bible; No 
lawgiver but Christ, who has given a perfect law that makes 
perfect. We accept the WHOLE Bible without additions or 
subtractions. Every minister should comprehend clearly, the 
first six principles of the doctrine of Christ, Heb. 5:10-14; 
6:1-3 and thoroughly drill all the laity until they will be 


The Brethren Evangelist 

"ready always to ^ive an answer to every man that asketh 
you, a reason of the hope that is in you." 1 Peter 3:15. 

1. Repentance, the first of these principles should be 
emphasized many times more than it is taught from the 
average pulpit today. Bible schools, seminaries and religious 
journals have inexcusably minimized this important doctrine 
for the last twenty-five or more years. Its evil effect is 
clearly seen in the morals of the church and the world. 

2. A living, active, saving, henrt-fnith should be fer- 
vently taught instead of the dead faith without works, which 
is almost universally substituted for saving faith. The average 
preacher knows nothing about the OBEDIENCE of faith. 

■3. The Design and Mode of Baptism should be tactfully 
and BOLDLY taught. Use all the plain texts. Do not dodge 
or explain away their plain literal meaning. Twisting, evad- 
ing and explaining away their meaning is one of the funda- 
mental causes of our sad division. Study prayerfully the 
sixty references to baptism, apply the simple rules of inter- 
pretation. Nothing can be clearer than the baptism of repent- 
ance by Triune Immersion for the remission of sins. Teach 
it kindly, judiciously, but firmly and boldly. 

4. Perhaps there is no greater need in the Brethren 
Church than to clearly underatamd and tench the DESIGN 
of the Laying on of Hands after baptism. Because many of 
our best preachers have gone to schools which do not teach 
this ordinance and have read books on the Holy Spirit written 
by men who have never studied its design, they do not under- 
stand its purpose. Hence our ministers are confused and 
divided upon this subject. MTiile all of our ministers obey the 
form, they differ as to the design. Some teach that the Gift 
of the Holy Spirit and Regeneration are the same, hence 
they have two ordinances. Baptism and Laying on of Hands, 
symbolizing the same thing. Others teach the historic Breth- 
ren view that the Holy Spirit is received after Salvation by 
Faith, Prayer and the Laying on of Hands. All the early 
history of the Christian Church and the Gospel, plainly 
teach that the Gift of the Holy Spirit is received after salva- 
tion by faith, prayer and the laving on of hands. When we 
organized the Brethren Church in 1882 we returned to the 
apostolic practice of laying on of hands out of the water. 
This as far as I know was universal for many years after 
our reorganization. If its desig-n is clearly taught the candi- 
dates, it doubtless could be done in the water but there is 
gi-eat danger of confusing the designs of the two ordinances. 
Dr. C. F. Yoder, in "God's Means of Grace," makes clear the 
distinction. Of the thousands I have taken into the Brethren 
Church I only laid hands on one in the water, because he 
requested it as his father was a prominent Church of the 
Brethren preacher. I clearly taught him its design before I 
did it. I am not a stickler for strict conformity in non- 

We have, however, a clear example of the laying on of 
hands out of the water in Acts 8, and none for laying on of 
hands IN the water. There is great danger of confusing the 
design of laying on of hands with the design of baptism, 
therefore, I exhort my brethren to return to the early prac- 
tice of the Brethren Church. 

For the want of time I will omit the last two of the first 
principles Heh. fi:l-.". Neither will I exhort my brethren 
against Modernism, because as far as I know, we are a 
hundred per cent fundamental on the virgin birth, blood 
atonement, death and bodily resurrection of our Lord and 
the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, etc. 

My primary object of writing this article is for our min- 
isters that through them the church, to discern more closely 
and to experience more fully what will increase many times 
our power and numbers as a denomination. Let us consider. 


A. Today, many who make glowing speeches on imputed 
rightousness minimize or wholly ignore IMPARTED right- 
eousness. They preach great sermons on what Christ did 
FOR us without emphasizing what He does IN us. Our 
Fundamentalists and Dispensationalists are so divided 
among themselves that they have brought into disrepute the 
once great orthodox fundamental group who had so success- 
fully fought Modernism. Many of them today are as grossly 
in error as modernists. Yet correct understanding of ortho- 
dox fundamentalism and dispensationalism are essential for 
saving faith, obedience, and purity of life. We do not reject 
Salvation, and the Pentecostal power of the Holy Ghost 
because they are counterfeited so with Fundamentalism and 
Dispensational truth; the abuse of them should make us all 
the moi'e careful to ascertain the exact truth. 

B. We as Brethren ministers plainly see what Christ did 
FOR us on earth but I fear many of us do NOT comprehend 
clearly that, what He did FOR us. He now from Heaven does 
IN us by the Holy Spirit whom He sent at Pentecost to abide 
with and in us. 

C. Our salvation is not a thing that He did entirely out- 
side of us but He enters into us to save. 

D. Substitution becomes beneficial only by IDENTIFI- 

E. His physical death FOR us does us no good whatever 
until we die spiritually unto self and are risen to walk in 
a new life. By faith we reckon ourselves to be dead to sin. 
He makes that reckoning good by actually killing the old 
man of sin and the Holy Spirit creates within us a new man. 
This is the birth of the spirit-regeneration. This grace of 
regeneration was necessary for salvation in all past genera- 
tions as well as for this Gospel Dispensation. No one can , 
ever enter into the future kingdom of God without this spir- 
itual birth. 

(To be continued) 
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Due to a mix-up in the submission of manuscript, the article 
entitled, "Why a Denominational College is not Self-sustain- 
ing," was erroneously credited to Dr. E. G. Mason. The article 
should have beeen credited to A. H. Lichty, State Y. M. C. A. 
Secretary of Richmond, Virginia. 



Some men make a success of everything except their own 
lives. . . 

He is a wise pastor who knows when to bring a pastoral call 
in a sick room to a comfortable close. 

The best music we ever heard in a church was that which 
started someone else singing. Too much of it starts too many 
people doing something else. . . 

It is as difficult to preach an effective sermon on faith when 
we are worried as it would be to preach a sermon on sobriety 
when drunk. . . 

The average criticism carries much more weight when it 
is accompanied by good humor. . . 

Most people believe that God will help the righteous cause, 
but too many are afraid he will not help in time. 

-A. good many people who object to any mention of money ini 
the worship services have a secret reason . . . 

The sermon is not spiritual just because the preacher uses- 
theological terms. . . 

No armistice with sin has ever brought any peace of heart 
heart . . . 

Poor preaching in the pulpit need not prevent great living 
in the pews . . . 

February 7, 1942 


-r Idmh t0 l&^Bt , -r 

REISER— On January 12, 1942, Brother Samuel H. Reiser 
was called to his eternal rest at the age of 82 years, 5 
months and 2 days. 

He was one of the few remaining charter members of the 
First Brethren Church of Bryan, Ohio. For many years he 
served as a deacon in the church. He was always active in 
the work of the church and was deeply concerned about its 
spiritual welfare. 

He was widely known throughout the Brotherhood. He was 
a regular attendant of the National Conference when he 
was able to go. 

His wife preceded him in death in 1923. He was later 
united in marriage to Mrs. Maud Clark, who preceded him 
in death in 1936. 

; He leaves three daughters to mourn his departure: Mrs. 
ICharles Thomas and Mrs. Beulah Hall of Toledo, Ohio, and 
Miss Hazel Reiser of the home. 

Services were conducted in the First Brethren Church of 
Bryan, Rev. C. A. Stewart, pastor of the church, preaching 
;he sermon. He was assisted by Miss Viola Becker, pastor of 
;he Nazarene Church of Bryan. 

C. A. Stewart. 

ALLAMONG — Mrs. U. A. Aallamong passed away at her 
lome in Bryan, Ohio, on November 24, 1941. She had been 
n failing health for a number of years, but her passing was 
vholly unexpected. She had been in her usual health and 
vas about her duties in the home when death came. 

She had been a member of the church about thirty-five 
fears, but had been deprived of going to church regularly as 
he desired because of ill health. 

She was 66 years- of age. She leaves, besides her husband, 
me son. Forest Allamong, and two daughters Agatha and 
sobell, all of Bryan. 

Services were conducted by the writer in the First Breth- 
en Church of Bryan. C. A. Stewart. 

REISER — George Reiser, a well known farmer in this 
icinity, passed away vevv unexpectedly at his home on 
Tovember 24, 1941. He had been in usual health and working 
n his farm. He was found dead in bed. 

Services were held at the First Brethren Church in Bryan 
nth the undersigned in charge. 

He leaves two daughters: Mrs. Roy McDowell, of Ney, 
)hio; Mrs. Roy Beaver of Bryan, and two sons, James, of 
)earborn, Michigan and Vern of Bryan. 

C. A. Stewart. 

The following name was omitted from 
the Ministerial List of ministers without 
churches in the current Annual Please clip 
and paste in your Annual Number. 

L. E. Lindower, Conference Sec'y. 
Harrie Funderberg 
New Carlisle, Ohio 
Box 93 
Dayton Brethren 

MOORE — Mrs. Isabelle Moore was born February 23, 1856 
and died at the home of her son in Warsaw, Indiana, on 
November 23, 1941. Her husband preceded her in death some 
two years ago. 

Mrs. Moore was a faithful member of the Brethren Church 
and took an active part in the work of the church as long 
as physical strength permitted. 

The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, the 
undersigned. R. F. Porte. 


If anyone has a copy of "A History of The German Baptist 
Brethren", by Martin Grove Brumbaugh — 1889, and would 
be willing to sell. Brother E. J. Beekley, a graduate of our 
Seminary this June, and at present time taking up the pas- 
torate of our West Alexandria church, is very anxious for a 
copy. If you have one, not in use, it might be a fine gesture 
to make him a present of one. 

Contact him as follows: Rev. E. J. Beekley, Ashland Col- 
lege, Ashland, Ohio. 

Among the Churches 

Post Card PubUcity 


The Annual Lanark-Milledgeville Laymen's Banquet was 
held in Lanark, Illinois, in December, with almost a hundred 
men attending. 

The guest speaker was Dean M. P. Puterbaugh of Ashland 
College. Other speakers were Rev. W. S. Benshoff, of Mil- 
ledgeville and Rev. E. D. Bumworth of Lanark. 

Music was furnished by Wayne Hawkins, soloist, a Lanark- 
Milledgeville quartet and a Lanark quartet. 

Brice Puterbaugh acted as toastmaster. The Berean and 
Builders classes served the banquet. R. R. 


Our revival begins at Cambria, Indiana, on March 8th and 
will run for two weeks, closing on March 22nd. The McCart- 
neysmiths will be our helpers. We are praying for and ex- 
pecting a harvest. Already some have renewed their faith in 

We will have a consecration service for small children 
soon. Also a flag dedication. The finances of the church are 
in good condition. W. R. Deeter, Pastor. 


It has been my good pur))ose to send in a brief report of 
our work for some weeks, but it seems there are so many 
calls that it is easy to put it off. Not that we don't have time, 
it is merely a matter of getting it done. People who read the 
Brethren Evangelist probably read the church news first. 


Leaving the lovely city of Goshen and the fine church 
there was not easy. While we served our shortest pastorate 
there, three years is long enough to become deeply in love 
with your jjeople and a bit hard to tear yourself away from 
from them. If there was one reason why we should have left 
Goshen, so far as a pleasant pastoral relation was concerned, 
I would not know what it was. They were very lovely to us 
and they have a fine large congregation and church. We only 
have words of thanks for three pleasant years of labor. 

We were gratified to know they had called our good friend 
and fellowservant in the gospel, Rev. H. H. Rowsey and his 
good wife and a lovely family, all are valuable assistants 
in the work of the church. We bespeak for them the greatest 
joy of Christian service with these good people. We shall 
rejoice in their every victory. 

Our introduction to the Goshen people was on "HOME- 
COMING DAY" and our farewell was on a "HOMECOM- 
ING DAY". These are great days at Goshen and our closing 
was a grand climax to a lovely, though too brief a pastorate. 

South Bend is only twenty-five miles, mostly west of 
Goshen. It is the Studebaker town, although I found my 
great grandfather's Bible in Goshen and a few folks who 
had known him. But it was here that the name became 
famous for wagons and now for automobiles. I traded my 
Ford for a Champion Studebaker before I dared enter the 
city as a resident. However I had been thinking for some 
time it would only be family loyalty to plug for the name 
by driving the car. 

We began our labor of love with these lovely people the 
Sunday following the close of our work at Goshen. A week 
of moving is one of the joys of changing a pastorate. From 
that angle I would never change. The parsonage here is a 
very lovely home and it had been made like new inside from 
attic to basement. The outside is to be refinished in the 
spring. We have been received very graciously and anticipate 
a pleasant and fruitful pastorate here. Pi-iblems we have 
here as everj'where, but I am convinced there are no prob- 
lems that can not be solved by a group of people working 
together in a sweet and sacrificing love for one another in 
the power of the Holy Spirit, for we are "Laborers together 
with God". 

Our first sermon after the call to this place was on a Sun- 
day evening at the joyous event of burning the mortgage 
which liquidated th indebtedness on the property. These pay- 
ments had totaled more than .$100,000 which meant there 
had been faithful laborers and liberal givers in the years 
past. Reverend Stuckey had served as supply pastor during 
the summer and led them in a fine accomplishment and en- 
deared himself to these good people. Dr. C. A. Bame, failing 
in health, had to relinquish the pastorate and there were 
several months of uncertainty until Rev. Stuckey assumed 
the work of supply pastor. Dr. G. W. Rench was the pastor 
when this church was built and in their order Dr. W. H. 
Beachler, of sacred memory. Rev. N. V. Leatherman, now of 
Berlin, Pa., Dr. R. F. Porte, now of Warsaw, Ind., and Dr. 
C. .A. Bame, Cleveland, Ohio, who is regaining his strength 
and we hojie shall soon again be able to preach the gospel in 
his forceful way We do not intend to write a history of this 
church, we only mean to give a church re|)ort, which does 
make church history and we hope to chronicle some bright 
pages for future readers. 

One item should be included in this report of work which 
gives honor to Reverend Oberholtzer, Huntington, Indiana. 
We had promised some time ago that when the Huntington 
church was ready to present their beautifully redecorated 
church to the Lord for a rededication we would do our best 
to be present and assist them. January the fourth was the 
happy day for the Huntington church. The interior certainly 

The Brethren Evangelist 

looks like new and is lovely. Reverend Oberholtzer is to be 
commended in this accomplishment with his faithful workers, 
We extend our good wishes for fruitful years of service ii 
this community. 

We are indeed concerned in the harmony and growth of 
every church and do believe the Brethren Church has a great 
heritage of faith which should be ably taught and consistently 
lived. Claud Studebaker. 

(Buenos Aires) 

Gerli is a suburban district of Buenos Aires with about 
15,000 people of many nationalities and religions, composed 
mostly of working people. 

There are several schools, two small Catholic churches and 
one of a sect calling themselves "Apostles", who appear to 
be Mormons. 

Our work is not easy, but we feel that the Lord guided us 
here in answer to our prayers, and we believe that in some 
not distant day, we will reap an abundant harvest. 

One thing worthy of mention is that during the first year 
there have been twelve baptisms of converts, raising the 
number of Brethren here to nineteen. At present we have 
six meeting a week, three with preaching, Sunday School, 
prayer meeting and young people's meeting. 

We have also a Woman's Missionary Society with regular 
-neetings. We also have a kindergarten. The latter is in the 
midst of the summer vacation. 

The attendance during 1941 was as follows: At preaching 
services 1,427 and in Sunday School 1047 persons. The pres- 
ent attendance is about thirty at each meeting. 

During the year we have received four visits from our «[ 
superintendent which brought much blessing, both to theli 
workers and to the lay members. 

We have also prepared two programs for the Sunday 
School and wei-e glad to have the attendance of about 170 
persons each time. We also observed the Lord's Supper with 
18 members present. 

During the year we have made hundreds of visits from 
from house to house and have distributed many thousands 
of tracts. 

We are hindered by the fanaticism of some and the ignor- 
ance or indifference of others. Only God can convert the 
hardened hearts of sinners, and it is in Him that we have 
placed our confidence. At the first many children came to 
the meetings, but the Romanists, by their persecutions, have 
gotten away many of th^se, not so much by their doctrines 
but by the bread and fishes which these offer. 

Some believers of other evangelical denominations, being 
isolated here, came to our meetings until their leaders learned 
of it and admonished them to quit. But we believe the Lord 
that His Word will not return void. In spite of difficulties 
we will have success by continuing to give faithful testimony. 

Before I close I want to express our thanks to the Breth- 
ren of North America for their help which makes possible 
this work of love. May God richly bless you all. 

Some day you and we shall see the redeemed of the Lord i 
who have heard our call and we shall rejoice together. Let 
us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall 
reap if we faint not. Jose Anton. 

J^e Brethren 


Vol. XLIV, No. 7 
February 21, 1942 


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My kinftdoni is not of this world 

We do not wondei' that Jesus, knowing all things 
frankly stated that his kingdom is not of this world. 
Could there be any wonder? Wholesale murder was 
hardly in His program. And yet, pitiful indeed is the 
situation where groups of sincere believers have 
cut almost as deeply into the lives and hearts of 
others merely to insure the temporary success of 
their newly organized clique. But the tragedy of the 
religious groups' fighting is that in neai'ly every 
case it will pretend that it is protecting or defend- 
ing the Bible or some portion of it. However, the 
years usually prove that it was rather some favorite' 
hobby that they could seem to prove the Bible advo- 
cated they were defending. Thus one group is prov- 
ing a certain man to be the antichrist in one age; 
and in another age another group is proving that 
some one docti-ine of the Bible is either the all essen- 
tial or the non-essential. And in the fervor of these 
extremes they actually prove to their own satisfac- 
tion that the Lord God also got on their side and 
hated the stubborn brother who didn't follow just 
as much as they hate him — all in Jesus' holy name! 
"Dear Lord and Father of mankind forgive our 
feverish ways!" 


Waterloo, Iowa 

Word from ^^■aterloo, Iowa, and a check for .$25 
indicates that our Brethren in the Waterloo Sunday 
School have taken it upon themselves to supply the 
needed $100 for Miss Magdalena Anton, of South 
America, for her education and preparation in doing 
the Loi'd's work there. Thank you. Waterloo, and 
may the Lord greatly bless this new ministry- of 

Elkhart, Indiana 

Word from Elkhart, Indiana, indicates that tiu' 
Elkhart cliurch is adopting Doctor "^'oder as their 
Missionary. This means that Elkhart will eventually 
be supporting Doctor Yodei'. There will be great 
blessings exchanged in this new relationship. Doctor 

Is Christianity shelved now? 

The most triumphant days of Christianity and 
the Church of the risen Christ have always been 
the times when the world rulers bogged down and 
failed. Even in the Old Testament times the Lord 
God was ushered in more than once when thej 
nations seemed doomed. Then the voices of the 
prophets were heard warning the people of the de- 
veloping situations. Let the people of God now pro- 
claim Jesus in His saving power to long deluded 
humanity. Is it all for this, to mui'der and ruin;, 
Surely not. Let the Christian people today take 
something better to the souls of men and womer 
than this poor world can offer. And we now have i 
wonderful exhibition of tiie world's wares to con- 
trast with those of our Lord. Every ounce of influ 
ence you can expend to keep the Gospel flowing i; 
more valuable than it has ever been. 


Our Brethren in every city — 

see how they do 

—Acts 15 :36 

West Alexandria, Ohio 

It has been our strong desire, and request, that 
our Brethren at West Alexandria be successful in 
securing a pastor for their field. We are working 
to that end, and earnestly hoping that a solution 
will be offered very soon. It was a delightful Sun- 
day that we spent with them in December, both 
morning and evening. 

Cerro Gordo, Illinois 

We learned that a great revival had been con- 
cluded at Cerro Gordo and that there were a splen- 
did number of people to be baptized. Word was sent 
immediately to Reverend St. Claire Benshoff, at Mil- 
ledgeville. We hope that Cerro Gordo will soon show 
our entire Brotherhood what a strong church they 
can be once a pastor is on their field to lead them. 

Udell, Iowa 

A splendid audience testified to the good labors 
and ministry of our brother Reverend Cecil Johnson 
iwhile he was in Udell. Brother Johnson left a splen- 
did group of people who truly love him. We were 
there for an evening and showed pictures of our 
penomi national interests. We promised to stop again 
on our return trip. It was hoped here that our Wa- 
terloo Brethren out of their Layman's association 
could supply a preacher for this congregation for a 
time. We believe the Waterloo congregation should 
be commended for their interest not only in this 
district work but in the larger ministries of the 
brotherhood. A note in Interestinq Items proves 
their interest in our missions work. 

Fort Scott, Kansas 

Now here is a group of people who sent us their 
best Thanksgiving offering in years. We had the 
pleasure of an evening with them and spoke in the 
the church and showed the pictures. We have been 
very eager to find a leader for these people. Located 
in a beautiful city of approximately 10,000, with a 
splendid church building that is ideally located, this 
Jongregation could produce real results in Christian 
service. Join us in prayer that a leader may be 
'ound for them. 

Lathrop, California 

The services at Lathrop have been progressing 
in very satisfactory ways. Attendance has been 
gratifying and the delegations from our Brethren 

churches at Manteca and Stockton have been enjoy- 
able. The Lathrop congregation has been without a 
regular Brethren pastor for many years. It seems 
to us that a great work for the Lord could be ac- 
complished here with the proper leadership. 

Quoting from an article in The Brethren Evangel- 
ist written in 1930 by Dr. W. S. Bell who was then 
here in the interests of the College : 

"This is the oldest Brethren church on the Coast. 
Brother George Wolfe, one of the early pioneers of 
the west, with a group of Brethren organized the 
work here in 18-57. It never changed during the 
stormy time of the division in 1881-82, as it was 
always progressive. Brother Holsinger wrote his 
history here, and Elder J. W. Beer lived and died in 
this place, so Lathrop has its history. It is a small 
railroad junction town midway between Manteca 
and Stockton. They have no regular pastor, but have 
regular services twice on Sunday. The Sunday school 
in the morning ( and it is a good one) and the Chris- 
tian Endeavor in the evening which has taken the 
County Banner for many years as the best all 
around society. And all this without a pastor! How 
is it done? By consecrated, loyal laymen and a group 
who support and are loyal to all the institutions of 
the church and general work. Take notice — The 
Brethren Evangelist is sent to every home. Brethren 
literature is used in the Sunday School. All the spe- 
cial dmis of the church are recognized and offerings 
token for the general work. This is what I call a 
Brethren church. 

"The best investment any church can make for its 

own work to increase giving and attendance, to in- 
doctrinate and establish its membership is to send 
The Brethren Evangelist into the homes of its mem- 

"I enjoyed my stay and work here and all were 
interested in the school. 

"The total gift was $1,100." 

VV. S. Bell." 

The pastors who have served here in the years of 
the church's history are: 1, Elder J. P. Wolfe; 2, Dr. 
Martin Shively ; 3, Elder Isaac Ross ; 4, Elder H. H. 
Wolford; 5, Elder N. V. Leatherman ; 6, Elder 
Charles Johnson; 7, Elder J. W. Piatt; 8, Elder 
George Ronk ; 9. Elder J. W. Beer ; 10, Elder H. R. 
Holsinger; 11. Elder Melvin Palmer; 12. Elder Jacob 
Shank; 13, Elder J. J. Reppert. 

How Can d Pastor 

Promote Missions? 

The Brethren EvangeHs 

A rriumr of an artirlr Cy the Rrv. 
Victor G. Mills. D. D. from tho Mis- 
sionary Review of the World. 

This question assumes a pastor who is himself 
interested in missions and is desirous of promoting 
the cause in his church. Perhaps tliat ought to be a 
justifiable assumption for the ministiy as a whole, 
but unfortunately there is a good deal of evidence 
to show that the facts are otherwise. In a group of 
missionaries this statement was made not long ago, 
and supported b.v the group as a whole, that in a 
gi'eat majority of the churches visited by mission- 
representatives, no adequate background of infor- 
mation or interest was found i-eady for the visitor's 
story ; the speaker had to proceed on the supposition 
that his audience would know little or nothing about 
the cause which he was there to present. 

But we are addressing the pastors who do care, 
the men who do care, the men who believe heart and 
soul in the missionaiy obligation and desire to find 
ways in which they may effectively impart their 
own deep interest to the minds and hearts of their 
people. What suggestions can be offered to such 
men, some of whom will be dealing with the hard- 
boiled congregations who care little about the salva- 
tion of souls beyond the horizon of their own com- 

First, let it be said that a truly missionary- 
minded pa.stor will do SOMETHING toward the cre- 
ation of missionaiy interests by his very presence in 
the pulpit and parish. The power of unconscious in- 
fluence is very great, and when a sincere man be- 
lie\'es anything deeply, that fact is bound to make 
itself felt with all others. If a minister has any 
measure of the missionary mind of St. Paul, his 
people will know it and be influenced by it. 

Bat the minister who has enough missionary con- 
viction to be a radiating influence will never be con- 
tent to stop there. If he were so content his influence 
would cease. The real advocate of the cause will go 
on with a positive campaign of instruction and in- 
spiration and just hei'c, I think, is the pastor's great- 
est opportunity. The pulpit is his and the program 
of the church is largely his to determine. He can 
preach as many missionary sermons as he will ; he 
can season all his preaching with missionary refer- 
ence and missionary spirit, and he can arrange such 
classes and study courses as he may find desirable. 

Then, having done all that he can do in pastoral 
in.struction and inspiration, let the interested min- 
ister suppoil his own work with aid from without. 
The most obvious resource for this purpose is a 
personal presentation of the cause by a missionary 
from the field. The right missionary, saying the i-ight 
thing at the right time will be a tremendous help 
in the pastor's campaign of mi.ssionai-y education. 
A Personal Representative 

A more effective resource, because more abiding 

in its influence, is the missionary project or a per 
sonal representative. Of course, there are churches 
which will not enter into such an arrangement be 
cause they are not sufficiently missionary-minded 
But as soon as it is found possible, such an objectivt 
contact with the field should be made, as it prO' 
vides an invaluable aid in arousing and maintaining 
interest. We refer here, of coui'se, to a genuine rela- 
tionship between church and missionary, and nol 
to that formality which ends with placing the mis- 
sionary's name on the church calendai' and donating 
a few dollars to his particular woi"k. One church 
supporting a missionary has his picture on the walls 
of the church-schoolroom. He has visited them anc 
regularly sends a multigraphed letter to many fam- 
ilies in the church and they write to him. 

A beloved missionary representative in Wes1 
China, who has visited the home church when ir 
this country recently, sent back by a i-eturning mis- 
sionaiy a beautifully embroidered silk wall hanging 
which bears in picture form one of the legends o1 
old China. This piece now hangs on the wall of on( 
of the church rooms and has been interpreted to the 
children of the school from a description. The minis- 
ter cannot compel his church to accept a parisli 
abroad or to support a particular person or project, 
but the quiet unseen influence of more personal 
contacts does have its effect, and therefore if the 
minister who cares can induce his people to relate 
themselves in any way, however slight, to some 
definite part of the world's field, he has acquired 
an invaluable aid to the realization of his hopes and 

Magazines and Leaflets 

Printed matter is the other chief resource of the 
pastor who would promote missionaiy interest. It is 
unfortunate that better printed matter relating to 
missions is not available. The missionary and his 
\\ork are so grossly misrepresented in many secular 
journals that a true pictui'e ought to be presented 
by church boards and other agencies. In a day of 
vivid advertising and beautiful printing the mis- 
sionary cause ought to have the benefit of the best 
both in mateiial and appearance. Such material 
would cost money, and no mission board has too 
much of that, but a little of the best would be of far 
better investment than tons of drab, uninteresting 
reading matter. Perhaps the pastor can find good 
material of his own, newspaper clippings or quota- 
tions from influential non-missionary sources. In 
other words, the missionary pastor is an ambassador 
for missions, just as he is an ambassador for Christ. 
Such an ambassador is in the true apostolic succes- 
sion from St. Paul who was at once the first Chris- 
tian niissionary and a good minister of Jesus Christ 

biuary 21, 1942 

Adolfo Zeche and Family 

(Ve have just returned from a visiting tour, full 
optimism in this restless and populous city of 
sario, shaded at present by the misery caused by 
occupation caused by the war, this being a port 

t has just been a year since we preparaed for our 
irney to this place. Like Abraham we went into 
unknown place, obeying the voice of the Lord as 
)ressed in the call of the church, to take charge of 
I mission work in this city. 

Phose were hard days for us as we were sad to 
ve the family of Brethren believers in Huinca 
tianco, and there was the haste to crate and move 
I furniture and make the long journey from the 
ithern limit of the province of Cordoba to the 
itern part of the country. However, we see that 
this was the will of the Lord who wished that 
1 might have a greater work in this precious field 
evangelization. Here there are multitudes who are 
ing in anxiety concerning things of this life and 
of the next. We are all thankful to God that we 
ve again our beloved brother as superintendent as 
•merly and we pray that he may be kept for many 
irs to labor among us undei' the guidance of the 
ily Spirit, as he is doing. 

Argentina has great need of the message of the 
spel and we are very grateful to you dear bi'eth- 

A Year 



ren of the United States for your goodness and love 
toward us by sustaining the work of giving the Gos- 
pel as a witness to this great country. We sincerely 
pray that you may be greatly blessed of the Lord in 
the great work which you are so worthily doing. 

Yes, it is a year since we came to this place and 
we have already seen good fruit of our labors. Many 
souls have been reached by the Gospel message and 
some have been added to the fold of Christ, having 
passed through the waters of baptism, and many 
others are on the way. The attendance at our meet- 
ings varies from 60 to 70. Our halls will not admit 
more and we have not been able to find a larger 
hall. For this reason we are asking that as soon as 
possible we may have a place of our own, with the 
accommodations necessary to the many activities of 
the church. 

We have three Sunday schools in different dis- 
tricts, the attendance varying from 115 to 135. We 
have preaching and Bible study every day except 
Monday and Thursday, and sometimes have in addi- 
tion a meeting on Thursday evening. 

We hope to do much more in the future as there 
are so many souls to win and then indoctrinate and 
care for, that they may be true to the doctrines 
and ideals of the Church. There are many members 
of other denominations who have heard of our work 
and would like to work with us. May the Lord help 
us to advance and reap a larger harvest this new 
year than during the past. Adolfo Zeche. 

Boulevard Segui 515, Rosai'io de Santa Fe, Argen- 








Take Your Temperature 

BOILING — Enthusiastic, goes to church, gets others to go, works 
anywhere, in church or out. 

BLOOD HEAT — Very much alive, goes to church, leads where 
possible, prays, speaks to others about church. 

TEMPERATE — Alive, goes to church, takes an active part oc- 

FREEZING — Dying, goes to church occasionally, never takes any 
active part. 

ZERO — Dead, never goes to church. 

"I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither 
cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Rev. 3:15,16. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

^ottlu He. 

A minister, passing a big department store, followed a 
sudden impidse to go m and talk to the proirrietor on the 
subject of his salvation. Finding him, lie said, "Mr. T., I've 
talked beds and cwrpets and bookcases with i/ou, but I've 
never talked my business xvith you. Wo%dd yoic give me a 
few minutes to do so?" Being led to tlie private office, the 
minister took out his New Testament and "preached unto 
him Jesus." After some conversation the storekeeper said 
to the minister, "I'm seventy years of age, I was bom in 
this city and more than five hundred church officers have 
known me as you have, but in all these years you are the 
only man who ever spoke to me about my souV — New Cen- 
tury Leader, 


Dr. E. S. Woods, now Bishop of Lichfield, England, tells 
the story of a Korean who came into the study of a mission- 
ary one day and said, "I have been memorizing some verses 
in the Bible, and I thought I would come and recite them 
to you." 

The missionary listened as he recited the entire Sermon 
on the Mount, without a verbal error. "You have a marvelous 
memory," the missionary said. "However, if you simply mem- 
orize the Word, it will do you no good. You must practice it." 

The Korean replied that that was exactly what he had 
done. He could not memorize anything well; the verses 
wouldn't stick. But he would try to learn a verse and then 
go out and practice it on his neighbors. In this way he had 
learned that portion of Matthew, and he was now going to 
learn the whole Gospel. And the missionary says he did. — 


A Moslem woman who had become very much interested ir 
Christ because His love had begun to find the way into hei 
heart and was removing the mountains of prejudice, bigotry, 
superstition and hatred that had surrounded that heart 
once said: "But please tell me one thing. Why is it that you 
Christians never pray?" Never pray! When Jesus Himsell 
said, "Men ought always to pray," and the first great mis- 
sionary of the Church admonishes, "Pray without ceasing.' 
Of course, the Mohammedan woman was thinking of th« 
formal prayers at stated times and with the different posi- 
tions of standing and kneeling and bowing with head touch- 
ing the small prayer stone or brick of sacred clay on th« 
prayer rug. The prayer life of the Christian in secret and ir 
"Spirit and in Truth" is a difficult thing to explain to i 
Mohammedan so that he may find the way of prayer anc 
devotion according to the Christian standards, since through- 
out his life he has known only formal prayers at the tim« 
when the "Call to Prayer" is heard from mosque and minaret 

Recently a missionary from China told of an itinerant 
evangelist many years ago leaving copies of the Lord's Prayei 
in a certain remote Chinese village. Years later, when an- 
other Christian worker finally came to stop in the village 
he found three families who had put away their househok 
gods and for years had family devotions, saying the Lord'i 
Prayer each day. It was the only thing they knew of Chris 
or the Bible. Yet it kept them in the way, and these familie, 
became the nucleus of a Christian church in that village.- 

Tlie Presbijterian. 


When Methodist leaders gathered recently to lay plans for e.vpanding their church 
work in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area, W. Vernon Middleton said : 

"The churches of America must evangelize or die. . . We commend to our churches 
the absolute necessity of renewed effort to secure the absolute commitment of our mem- 
bers to Jesus Christ. . . We cannot add two half -Christians to make one effective Chris- 
tian. When our churches have paid this price, then the wind of God will begin to blow 
again." — Pentecostal Evangel. 


The big Bonanza gold mine had four owners who during 
five years realized fifty million dollars from their operations. 
One took his pile, lived extravagantly, lost all, and committed 
suicide. The second sold out, lost his money, died a pauper, 
and was buried at public expense. The third held tight to his 
money, but he became nervous and died in a lunatic asy- 
lum. The fourth spent all his share, went to work with his 
hands again, and saved his health. — Selected. 

A clergyman, visiting a poor Christian woma: 
found her Bible marked here and there with t\ 
letters T and P. Wondering what the letters sto( 
for, he inquired of her their meaning. "Oh," si 
said, "those are the promises in my precious Bibl 
There are many of them, you see, I have tried ; sol 
marked them T; and many I've proved and I kno| 
that they are true ; so I marked them P." — Bowes. 

February 21, 1942 



or America 

lUy ihr 11.1, II. w. Mi-Oianalmu. U. I).. 
I'itlsbllrsll, I'a. Assit. Sw. 01" Bd. ol AmtT 
lean Missions. I*. 1'. t'lmreh of North Amer- 

fhe importance of bringing child life into closer contact 
with the vital spiritual forces of the church is self-evident. 
Here is the clay, awaiting the skilful shaping of the potter, 
lleie are the lives, avi'aiting guidance, which will either make 
01- unmake the next generation. The church ivill win or lose 
according as she succeeds or fails in reaching the children. 
This responsibility goes far beyond simply bringing in the 
children of families already within the fold. The. great hoiiie 
mission tank today in lenching the nncharched groups has no 
oliallenge comparable to that of plans that give a larger 
>lace to reaching the children of all who are accessible to the 
Gospel. If the children we won the next generation is won. 

Who are these unchurched children? Many families have 
luch slight touch with the vital, spiritual forces that they 
:ould scarcely be classified as churched, and beyond this a 
vast number of children are destitute of any contact with 
this institution founded by Christ to unite His people into 
.one body. They may be enumerated as; (1) Those unchurched 
geographically. (2) The neglected childi'en of industrial 
sections. (.3) The children of foreign descent, not American- 
ized, whose parents have a nominal relation to their ancestral 
church but are now indifferent to any religious influence. 
(4) The children of the godless rich, who give neither time 
nor place for religion. 

In full// churched communities there are hosts of children 
mho have no contact with the Church of Christ. (Unquote — 
In a town near Ashland, a town of some 800 people, with 
three churches, a town whose inhabitants are truly repre- 
entative of all American towns, an incident was uncovered 
his last summer which could be found in all towns of our 
country, be they large or small. A girl of 11 years was at- 
tending the Oaily Vacation Bible School conducted by one of 
lie churches. She failed to do her "home work" several days. 
*\ hen questioned, she replied, "I couldn't do the work because 
ve have no Bible at home and my folks couldn't help me with 
he answers." She was "assigned" to a classmate for the 
uration of the DVBS so that she might have the help of the 
ompanion who had been reared in a Christian home and 
imidst Bible reading, games and atmosphere. This could and 

does happen in all localities today.) Freely speaking, it is 
estimated that half the children of Ainei-ica are in these 
various groups, so that, of the o4,000,000 American boys and 
girls of school age only about 17,000,000 are receiving any 
definite Bible instruction or Christian guidance that will 
prepare them to solve their life problems. Some of these are 
under influences antagonistic to the church; others are in 
an atmosphere of indifference to religion, while very many 
are only awaiting an invitation to become followers of Christ! 

What other possible challenge to the Church can compare 
with this! Is it not high time that a definite program shoidd 
be formulated and put into effect to reach this unchurched 
half of America's children? 

The challenge to the Church to save her own children and 
to reach the millions of the unchurched childien in America 
pi-esents many problems, some of which are difficult. 

(1) Those enrolled in the Sunday School must be won to 
Christ. It is comparatively easy to enroll children in the 
Sunday School and thus bring them under religious influ- 
ence, even when parents are wholly indifferent, but it is 
very disturbing to see the wholesale manner in which the 
close of the Sunday School period means the departure of 
children and youth in utter indiffeience to church worship 
which usually follows. 

(2) It should be our aim to i-each all within the bounds of 
the parish who may be willing to respond to a kindly ap- 
pro acli. 

(o There is the challenge to reach unchurched communi- 
ties, but the fact that most of such areas do not promise 
the establishment of a self-supporting church makes it diffi- 
cult to induce churches to assume responsibility. But such 
mission work as this must be done to save .\merica. 

// the Church and the nation a/re to survive the youth must 
he saved. We must recognize our lesponsibility, not only for 
the children who belong to the church by reason of the par- 
ents' affiliation, but the unchurched children must be reached 
or the whole nation is threatened 

Over one-half of the young people in America 
luite never set foot in.sidt the chuich or luid an;/ 
religimut training. 

Whoi you are looking for those wlw Itave the 
deeper experiences in Christian life, you will find 

those who are active in Christian service. 

It is not the modern world or the new age that 
challenges the old Gos2)el. It is the Gospel that 
clluUeuges our ai/e. 

Don't luive your concert first, and then tune 
your instrutnent; begin the day ivith the Word of 
God by getting into harmony with Him. — Hudson 

The Brethren Evangelist 


the SOUL 


Every land has its special resources and culture — its 
heritage and history. The United States of America has 
been greatly blessed in its location, in the wealth of its 
natural resources, in the character of its early settlers, and 
in its national history. In spite of many dangers and diffi- 
culties — or because of the battle against them — the country's 
development has been steady and remarkable, at least for 
the first century and a half of its history. Wealth, education, 
culture, industry, influence, power have increased as long as 
national ideals and Christian teachings have united to keep 
standards high and to develop strength. 

But in recent years the body and mind of America have 
been developed at the expense of its soul. For America has 
a soul— a spiritual quality of life that must be nurtured if 
the body is to be kept healthy and is to function properly 
for the benefit of mankind. The characteristics and vital 
realities of the soul of America include: 

1. Liberty. When the Western Hemisphere was discovered 
Europe was passing through the Dark Ages — politically, in- 
tellectually and religiously. North America was settled by 
men and women who sought freedom to live and to work 
and to worship God in harmony with high intelligence, great 
industry and noble ideals. The libert)/ sought ims in hannovy 
nrith law—portiniUirhi the InwR nf Cnd for the well being 
of man. 

When license and lawlessness take the place of law and 
order then a land and its people lose the privileges of true 
liberty. Is it not time for America to return to the high 
ideals and the practices of liberty in harmony with the laws 
which God has established for the physical, moral and spir- 
itual good of all mankind? 

2. Progreas. No land has offered greater opportunities 
for progress than has North America. Territorially the 
United States has e.xpanded from ocean to ocean. No old 
ironbound customs and traditions have ])revented develop- 
ment; new ideas and plans have been tested by laboratory 
methods. But today the ambition for material progress threat- 
ens to cripple and destroy the nation. When wealth becomes 
a great end in itself; when education leads to the deification 
of the intellect; when industry develoiis into selfish warfare 
between capital and labor; when statesmanship degenerates 
into petty party politics; and when social life takes on the 
characteristics and customs of the jungle — then the soul of 
the nation is lost. 

;!. Service. Almost every nation seems to have been coni- 
I)letely absorbed with its own national problems and with 
the struggle for existence. From its early years of inde- 
pendence America has offered a haven foi- the opiiressed 

and underprivileged peoples. Not only the development of 
her own vast territory but international travel and com- 
merce and the sending abroad of money and missionaries, 
have enabled Americans to share their material and spiritual 
blessings with others. 

Today many of these streams seem to be drying up. The 
desire to protect national industries and to avoid entangling 
alliances is keeping America from adopting unselfish poli- 
cies and from full cooperation in international courts. Our 
doors are now almost closed to immigrants and our mission- 
ary activities are being curtailed. 

4. Spiritual. America was discovered about the time of 
the Protestant reformation. The United States was settled 
from northern Europe by sturdy pioneers who brought with 
them their open Bibles and who sought to pattern their 
lives after the revealed will of God rather than on the lines 
of humanistic or materialistic philosophies. Pure, monoga- 
mous family life in America has been held sacred; character- 
making education has been offered to prepare all for un- 
selfish service; Sunday as the Lord's day, has been respected 
as a day of rest and worship; Church and State have been 
kept separate, not to exclude God and His laws fi-om the State 
but to prevent the State from interfering with religion. 

When lawmakers lose their spiritual ideals and their sense 
of obligation to God; when the Lord's Day is commercialized 
and secularized ; when moral standards in education are 
lowered, and when a materialistic social order becomes men's 
ideal, it means that the supremacy of God is overlooked or 
ignored. Government, education, industry and society, as well 
as religion, are then on the toboggan. 

But America still has a soul — a spiritual life and charac- 
ter — as well as a body— to be saved. Home Missions represent 
the effort of Christians to extend and express that spiritual 
life and character in service, according to the will of God as 
revealed in Jesus Christ. Until this soul of America finds 
expression in every nook (md corner of the conntry, in everii 
l)h(uie of American life, in all our Inactf aand institutiovs and 
ti.ctiititie.i — until then the Home M/.s.siox task of the Church 
of Christ will not be completed. Nationalism may be only a 
heathen ideal ; patriotism may be ignorant and selfish ; Chris- 
tianity means not only loyalty to Christ and His program, 
but unselfish devotion to one's country and to the welfare of 
humanity in every part of God's world. The home inissionarii 
ideal is to bring one's country wliolli/ under the control of 
God. But that ideal can only be realized by the surrender of 
every individual and institution and activity to Christ. (Ar- 
ticle from "Topic of the Times" in The Missionary Review ' 
(if the World.) 

A timely word for all Christian workers of today is found 
in the following statement by the Rev. J. Willis Humphrey, in 
The Briti.fh Weekly: 

The great lesson of the revival of the eighteenth century 
was that it did not plan a new order but made new men. 
Ideals impossible to human nature aloiip became laws of life 
to new born people. 

February 21, 1942 

Whtn ^xin ^xi^ Mxmx 


One adequate support 
For the calamities of mortal life 
Exists — one only — an assured belief 
That the procession of our fate, however 
Sad or disturbed, is ordered by a Being 
Of infinite benevolence and power. 
Whose everlasting purposes embrace 
All accidents, converting them to good. 
The darts of anguish fix not where the seat 
Of suffering- hath been thoroughly fortified 
By acquiescence in the Will supreme, 
For time and for eternity — by faith. 
Faith absolute in God, including hope. 
And the defense that lies in boundless love 
Of His perfections; with habitual dread 
Of aught unworthily conceived, endured 
Impatiently, ill-done, or left undone 
To the dishonor of His holy name. 
Soul of our souls, and safeguard of the world. 
Sustain, Thou only canst, the sick of heart! 
Restore their languid spirits, and recall 
Their lost affections unto Thee and Thine! 

— William Wordawortli. 

H. Jacob Dance 

My soul lies crushed beneath its weight of clay, 
A faint and weary thing, yet dimly knows 
That life is more than toil and mere repose, 

A fool's existence, over in a day; 

And knows that sometime, somewhere, far away. 
There must come peace and freedom from the woes 
That, thornlike, mar the sweetness of our rose. 

In tranquil mansions, where my soul may stay; 

Through the vast void my sou! doth groping go. 

All unafraid, in quiet pilgrim's dress. 
Daring the heights that only pilgrims know, 

In search of something that will soothe and bless ; 
I And from the vasty deeps, comes softly low- — 

"Fear not; with Hiin find heaven and happiness." 


"Come unto me, all ye who have grown weary . . ." 
So often when I find my way is dim 
I hear His voice speak somewhere in the shadows, . 
And comforted, I pause to wait for Him. 
"Give me your yoke, if ye are heavy laden," 

He says, and lifts the load that bruised my heart. 
And suddenly dull lanterns swing to brilliance — 
"1 am with thee ... I never shall depart." 

And there are times when I have noticed others 
Whose bodies, stooped with weariness, grow tall 
And walk with quickened pace a crowded pathway, 
Then I have known they, too, have heard the call. 
They, too, have reached above the petty noises. 

The trafficking of mankind's daily quest. 
And tuned their ears to God's voice, low, eternal — 
"Cotne unto me, and I will give you rest." 

— Helen Wclahinier. 

By Frances McKinnon Morton 
I must take off the dusty shoes of toil 

To come before the altar of my Lord, 
And bring with me a calm and listening heart 
To catch the first faint echo of His word. 

I must foi'get the cai'es that bui'den me, 
The labor and the sorrow of the day 

And think instead of God's great power to guide 
His earthly children on their lonely way. 

I must renounce the sins that mar my life 
And bring repentance as a lowly gift, 

That my sincerity be stamped upon 

Those brave petitions which I dare to lift. 

I must forsake the evil and the wrong, ■■"■' 

And lay aside ambition, self and greed ; 

Presenting only deep humility 

And conscious only of my spirit's need. 

Foi' if I would approach His lofty throne, 
I must prepare myself to find the place; 

Since it is written none upon the earth. 

Save they are jiure in heart, shall see His face. 

But Lord, I can not do this all alone 
So walk beside me on my busy way 

That I may lean upon Thy strength and love; 
Forgive my sins and teach me how to pray. 

"If we are God's stewards and life be a trust, 
Then is it enough to be honest and just? 
'Nay,' says the Master, 'that is not all, 
Thyself thou must give and answer my call.' " 


The Pastor 

A captain in God's army. 

A Pilot to the church on life's troubled sea. 

A Consoler in the hour of beieavement. 

A Comforter in life's sorrows. 

A Teacher of God's priceless truth. 

A Preacher of a mighty gospel. 

An Administrator of the biggest business on earth. 

A Financiei- who can ilo extraordinary things on a small 

A Sheijherd to watch over the sheeii of his pasturage. 

A Vessel filled with the Holy Ghost. 

A Chosen Vessel of God to the people. 

An Adventurer over dangerous territory. 

A Diplomat handling ticklish problems. 

An Ambassador representing his King and government. 

An Example to all men. 

A Man human in his contacts yet divine in his life. 

An Advisor on all important issues of life. 

A Judge of ecclesiastical matters. 

A Lawyer for the oppressed. 

An Intercessor for the lost and dying. 

A Possessor for the mystery of faith as it is in Christ 

A Guide for the erring to the way of life. 

A Leader for the Christians of his age. — V. E. Tanksley, 
in Eoangelical Visitor. 

The Brethren EvangeUst 


Consecration of Strength- (Psa. 29:1). 

Consecration of Time (Psa. 90:1-17). 
Consecration of Talents (Matt. 25:14). 
Consecration of Money (Job. 28:1). 
Consecration of Friendship (EccL 4:9). 
Conseciation of Home Life (Acts 10:1-8, 17). 
Consecration of School Life (Prov. 4:1, 13). 
Consecration of Social Life (1 Cor. 9:19). 
Consecration of BHsiness Life (Rev. 3:14, 22). 

— Christian Action. 

* * S' 

The strengtli of a country is the strength of its religions 
con riot ions. — Calvin Coolidge. 

The Christ of history must become the Christ of experi- 
ence. The dead Christ of Calvary mtist become the living 
Christ of 1942. The Christ embalmed in the Book must be- 
come the Christ enthroned in tlie heart. — Dr. R. H. Hughes. 

Since 1918 it is estimated "that more people have died be- 
cause of their testimony for Christ than in all the persecu- 
tions of the early church together." — Selected. 

A'c/iV/ioi's tii-inij is zestfal living. 


We arc glad to begin the publication of offerings for 
Home Missions received from churches and individuals at 
the past Thanksgiving season. All offerings will be published 
in due time in each issue of the "Missionary Number" of 
'/'/(<■ Evangelist. 

.Muuiertowii Brethren Church: 

Mrs. J. F. Wisman $ 1.00 

Mrs. H. O. Beydler 10.00 

Have Kickard 1.00 

Melvin Shrum 1.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. E. L. Miller 15.00 

Eleanor Miller 5.00 

Marvin Shaver 1.25 

Mrs. L. B. Kohne 1.00 

\V. E. Shaver 1.00 

Mary Copp 5.00 

L. E. Hepner and family 5.00 

Mrs. Tom Long 1.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Mrs. W. H. Robinson 5.00 

Mrs. Charles Painter 1.00 

Miss liorothy Ritenour 5.00 

Mrs. Mary Ritenour 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Fogle 60 

Mr. and Mrs. George Middleton 11.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Fink 8.00 

Mrs. Joe Wisman 1.00 

Dr. and Mrs. Louis Glenn Locke 50.00 

Mrs. Turah F. Locke 100.00 

Mrs. C. I.. James 5.00 


Berlin Brethren Church: 

Mrs. Mary M. Werner $ 2.00 

Church, miscellaneous 132.51 



Johnstown Third Brethren Church: 

Mrs. Clara Smitli $ 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Link 5.00 

W. M. S 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Golby 5.00 

Miss Sue Vickroy 50 

Mrs. Sue Hunt 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Blough 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Benshoff 3.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Steffler 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jones 5.00 

Jonathan Kels 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hampton l.OO 

Mrs. Catherine Keifer 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Benshoff 11.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Figart 3.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Merle Stutzman 70 

Mrs. Eugene Stutzman 5.00 

Sunday School 62.09 

Miscellaneous 1.51 

Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Dysert 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Benshoff 10.00 

Senior C. E 5.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. W. S. Crick 5.00 

James Bai-khymer, Jr 5.00 

Catherine Benshoff 5.00 

Clay City Brethren Church: 

Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Goshorn $ 25.00 

Cletus Long 10.00 

C. C. Long 7.00 

Home Builders Class 2.00 

Miscellaneous 1.13 


February 21, ld42 

Hagerstown First Brethren Church: 

Y. P. C. E $ 10.00 

Sunday School 48.63 

Mrs. Clara Hartle 5.25 

Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Spielman , 5.00 

Mrs. William Beachley 5.00 

Junior Department of S. S 13.40 

Theodore W. Fahrney 15.00 

Mrs. Ella N. Bovey 12.00 

Miss Emma Newcomer 5.00 

Miss Mary Bentz 5.00 

Roy Sprecher 10.00 

Mrs. Maud W. Funk 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Brayden Ridenour 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Rohrer 25.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. Edwin Boardman. . 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Smith and Ella 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carnochan 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Shank 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Spedden 10.00 

Willing- Workers Class 16.00 

Mrs. J. M. Tombaugh 5.00 

Allen Long 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Keplinger 20.00 

Mrs. Dessie H. Downey 8.00 

Miss Helen Artz 1.00 

Mrs. Hazel Gordon and Jean 2.00 

Mrs. Ida Cooper 1.00 

C. R. Crawford 1.00 

Earl McCauley 1.00 

Mrs. Grace Bikle 2.25 

Mrs. Nora Tosten 1.00 

Edwin Staley and family 1.00 

Mrs. Mayena Bentz 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Minnich 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Heck 2.00 

Mrs. W. B. Hutzell 1.00 

Misses Margaret and Winnie Crowthers 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Claud Artz 2.00 

John Bentz 1.00 

Miss A. I. Kauffman 1.00 

Miscellaneous 11.75 

lOuisville Brethi'en Church: 

W. M. S $ 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Teeters 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Galen Sluss 15.00 

Miss Viola Knoll 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Sheets 10.00 

Primary Department of S. S 5.00 

Junior C. E 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Newhouse 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Miller 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Snyder 7.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Miller 5.00 

Arline Miller 5.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Riddle 10.00 

Miss Thelma Wertenberger 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Clapper 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schwab 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Miller 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Karlosky 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Royer 5.00 

Miss Marie Miller 3.00 

Junior and Intermediate Depts. of S. S. 3.00 

Senior C. E 2.50 

Mr. and Mrs. James Smith 2.00 

Mrs. Joe Wertenberger 2.00 

Mrs. Catherine Myers 2.00 

Mrs. Minnie Stuckey 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Teeters 2.00 



Mr. and Mrs. Earl DeWalt 2.00 

Mrs. Lillie Bratten 2.00 

Mrs. Ida Ebie 1.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Stutzback 1.25 

Mrs. W. C. Lamb 1.25 

Mrs. Ida Ross 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Jones 1.00 

Mrs. Mary E. Walker 1.00 

Mrs. Amanda Oyster 1.00 

Mrs. Bertha Eshelman 1.00 

S. L. Hang 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. James DeWalt 1.00 

Mrs. Leo Sainer 1.00 

Miss Joan Riddle 1.00 

Philip Riddle 1.00 

Miss Pauline Sheets 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hankey 50 

Miss Carol Snyder 35 

Miscellaneous Offering 1.69 

Sunday School 22.96 

Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church: 

Henry L. Carey $ 35.00 

Ben Carey 30.00 

Mrs. Murl Long . 1.00 

Mrs. Bessie Pry 1.00 

Mrs. Ernest Warner 2.00 

Mrs. Tessie Mesley 1.26 

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Thompson 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Russel Wolfe 2.00 

Mrs. Vesta Kitsen 1.00 

' The Rev. and Mrs. S. J. Adams 5.00 

Miss Doris Stout 5.00 

Virginia Pry 1.00 

Mrs. Bertha Rench 1.00 

Mrs. Gale Hill 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Shellenbarger 1.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Coppock 2.90 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Preston 2.00 

Holland Deeter 1.00 

Velma Warner 1.00 

June Ditmer 1.00 

Mrs. Mina Robbins 1.00 

Mrs. Marie Class 7.20 

Mrs. Mae Gallagher 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Herbot 4.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Shellhouse 1.00 

Mr. Earl Robbins 10.00 

Miscellaneous Sunday School 66.05 

Uniontown Second Brethren Church : 

Miss Louise Rose $ 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Petrosky 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Rose 5.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. Dyoll Belote 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Umbel 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shaffer 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Hibbs 5.00 

James Umbel 5.00 

Miscellaneous 68.00 

Warsaw Brethren Church 

County Line Brethren Sunday School 

Ardmore Brethren Church 

F. S. Beeghly 





$ 17.38 

$ 71.35 
$ 35.00 


Nappaneo First Brethren Chui-ch: 

Paul Mellinger $ 31.50 

William Widmoyei- 23.00 

Mr. and Mrs. U. J. Shively Ki.r.O 

Mrs. Hattie Cunningham 1.').00 

Mr. and Mr.s. Devon Hossler 13.00 

Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Leslie 10.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Howman 9.75 

Dr. and Mrs. M. IK Price i).75 

Mr. and Mrs. John Becknell 8.50 

Mr. and Mis. Warren Shively 6.50 

Mrs. Melvin Walters 5.00 

Altruist Sunday School Class 5.00 

.\ Friend 5.00 

Sunday School and Cluirch. Misc 131.50 

Muncie First Brethren Church: 

Mr. and Mis. Lloyd Broadwater .$ 5.00 

Mrs. Rosalie Garrett 5.00 

W. M. S 11.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Baer 14.00 

W. 0. Bowman 5.00 

The Rev. and Mi's. George H. Jones. . . . 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Garrett 20..50 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthui- Maitlin 5.00 

Charles McNeal 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Waltz 10.00 

Mrs. Edna Garrett 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Curti.s Cruea 10.00 

Miscellaneous 47.19 

College Coi'ners Brethren Church: 

Darrell Hawkins $ 1.00 

Miriam Bowman 1.00 

Mrs. E. A. Bowman 1.00 

1 )ella Johnson 35 

Mr. and Mis. Lee Sweet 2.00 

Florence Bowman 2.00 

M. A. Kurts 3.00 

Carl Boone 1.25 

John Schatzly 2.00 

Louisa Miller 50 

1 )orothy Bowman 1.00 

Miscellaneous ^2.44 

Denver Brethren Church: 

Mrs. John Swope $ 1.00 

N. B. Brower 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Maus 1.00 

Fayette Shoemaker Family 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Rus Cailin 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Flora 1.00 

A Friend 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Maus 10.00 

Mrs. Charles Imhof 1.00 

A Friend 10.00 

Emma R. Berkheiser .3.00 

Miscellaneous (5. ."5 

Brighton Brethren Church: 

Harry Gilbert 10.00 

I )elman Grove .50 

Mrs. Harry Grove 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Horner 1.00 

Miscellaneous 10.70 

Cerro Gordo Brethren Church: 

Mrs. .■\manda Calver 1.00 

Mrs. Lillie Phillips 1.00 




$ 42.85 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Lanark Brethren Chur-ch : 

Mrs. Sadie Puterbaugh $ 35.00 

Mrs. Florence Truman 25.00 

R. G. Truman 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Greenawalt 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Puterbaugh 10.00 

Mrs. Silvia Puterbaugh 5.00 

Modern Marys Class 5.00 

Mrs. Edna Hawbecker 5.00 

E. D. Burnworth 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilkin 5.00 

Mrs. Rilla Lower 5.00 

Builders Class 5.00 

Kenneth Tiuman 4.00 

Miss Marian Tallman 3.00 

Lloyd Peters 1.00 

John Klock 1.00 

Mrs. Clara Snavely 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Miller 2.00 

United Workers Class 5.00 

Miscellaneous Offerin.n :!.19 


MiUod.geville Brethren Church: 

W. S. Bell 100.00 j 

Church Offering 100.00 


Udell Brethren Church: 

Mary Hornaday 1.00 

Minnie Replogle 1.00 

Margaretta Mickey 1.00 

Dee Whisler 1.00 

Sarah Whisler 1.00 

Ora Powell Family 1.00 

Harold Spring Family 1.00 

The Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 5.00 


Waterloo First Brethren Church: 

Miss Anna Hoover :!.00 

Miss Jennie Harrison 1.50 

Mrs. Millie Brown 5.00 

Mrs. F. R. LaBarre 0.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Holmes 1.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. W. C. Benshoff 5.00 

Service Circle S. S. Class 10.00 

Mrs. B. F. Puterbaugh .5.00 

Patty Clump 12 

Letty Clump 12 

Clarence Clump 1.00 

Shirley Maust 28 

LaVone Maust IG 

Dr. and Mrs. L. O. MeCartneysmith. . . . 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Wisner 5.00 

Mrs. Telford Homer 1.95 

Miss Faith Benshoff 10.00 

Floy Armstrong 10.00 

Mrs. G. L. Brown 1.00 

Helen Dumire ;!.00 

Billy Frantz 19 

Ml-, and Mrs. Lester Miller 5.00 

H. H. Miller 5.00 

Genevieve Klein 1.00 

Glenn D. Brown 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. RuLon 75.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Miller 10.00 

Mrs. Ida Lichty 5.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Miscellaneous 72.86 

February 21, 1942 

Ikhart Brethren Church: 

The Rev. and Mrs. Pelbert Flora 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Plank 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Feehrer 12.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Zimmerman ' COO 

Mrs. Anna Foltz 5.00 

Mrs. Madge Lee Fevre 5.00 

Mrs. Clara Wambaugh 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Robbins 5.00 

Mr. and Mis. W. B. White 5.00 

James Gibson 5. .00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wise 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Lape 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Frederick 3.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baugher 2.00 

Naomi Wilson 1.00 

Mrs. Fay E. Wilson 1 .00 

Robert Henriksen l.Oo 

Harvey Bowman 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Berger 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Lockwood 1.00 

Mrs. Mae DeFreese .50 

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ehret 1.00 

Mrs. Cora Beerer 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Willis 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J^ss Greers 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lichtenberger 1.00 

Marie Lichtenberger 1.00 

Mrs. Emma Sumpter .50 

I'avid Court 82 

Edward Court 1.23 

Mrs. C. R. Eddleman ; 2.00 

Gladys Hossler 2.00 

Signal Lights 2.00 

Group of Friends G.25 

Mr. and Mi-s. Harold Evans 1.00 

Phil O'Donnell 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith 2.00 

Ralph Smith 1.00 

Norman Jean Smith .50 

Loyal Women's S. S. Class 10.00 

Miscellaneous 200.00 

ortli Manchester First Brethren Church: 

The Rev. and Mrs. J. Raymond Schutz. . 50.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Bundy 25.00 

A Friend 20.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Plinear 15.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Arthur 10.00 

Ml-, and Mrs. Elmer Ebbinghous 10.00 

Loyal Workers Class 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. George Conrad 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Cripe 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Frey 5.00 

A Friend 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. George Harshman 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Metzger 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mishler 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Union Ohmart 7.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Mishler 9.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Orr Myers 4.00 

Grace Ebbinghous 3.13 

Joy Givers Class 2.77 

Mr. and Mrs. George Frans 2.00 

Ruse and Badskey 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. John Goehler . 2.00 

Ethel Grossnickle 4.00 

Mr. and Mrs. 0. E. Harris 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Dwight McClure 2.00 

A Friend 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Klutz 2.00 



Mrs. Tina Alger 1.76 

Mrs. W. A. Bugby 1.50 

Mrs. J. D. Croweil 1.75 

Hazel Winebrenner 6.00 

Mrs. Nixon 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. H. Jackson 1.35 

Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Brown 1.00 

Margaret Ramsey 1.22 

A. 0. Grossnickle 1.00 

Mrs. John Rager 1.00 

Ellon Bundy 1.00 

Mrs. R. C. Wcstafer 1.00 

Paul Ebbinghous 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Amberg 1.50 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Taylor 1.00 

Alletah Owens 2.00 

Mrs. G. W. Trick 1.00 

Mrs. R. Armey 2.00 

Mrs. Elsie Hippensteel 3.00 

Beulah Hippensteel 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Knaini 1.00 

Charlotte Schutz . 1 .00 

Gene Arthur 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. Pottenger 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Nichols 50 

Lois Mishler 50 

Jean Brown .50 

Charles Mishler .50 

Mrs. Bertha Brookins and family .61 

A Friend 43 

Charles Bresick .50 

Comer's 2.00 

Mrs. J. W. Dewey 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Frey 1.50 

Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Lautzenhiser 1.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Loucks 5.00 

Rose Miller 30 

Mrs. Lowman .25 

Rose Miller .25 

Martin Owens .25 

Dan Reahard 1.00 

Charles Reiff 50 

Anna Swank .25 

Charles Ulrick 20 

Dr. J. L. Warvel 2.00 

Mrs. Frank R. Conrad 35 

Imogene Hanley .50 

A. O. Grossnickle 35 

Amos Miska! 20 

Children's Division 82.28 

Mrs. Alice Farley 1 .00 

Ezra Frantz 20.00 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe 5.00 

Carleton Brethren Church: 

Harvest Festival 62.35 

Junior Department of S. S 4.47 

Primary Department of S. S 1.25 

James Dudgeon 1.00 

The Rev. and Mrs. C. E. Johnson 10.00 

Ella Miller 1.00 

J. W. Miller 75 

Mrs. Ivan Mill'r 32 

Gertie Fegesack 1.00 

Mrs. A. J. Rachon 50 

John Moore Family .50 

Mrs. George Henrichs .50 

Mrs. Clarence Hughes 1.00 

Mrs. Lauren Lietsch 1.25 

A Friend 40 

Miscellaneous 3.75 




An Address to Ministers 

Dr. 1. D 'Bowman 

(Countinued from last week) 


A. OUR GOSPEL began with the preaching of John the 
Baptist. Mark 1:1-.S. Greater repentance, greater faith, 
greater love, anrl greater salvation began here. But all these 
were increased at Pentecost, with the great additional grace 
of the person of the Holy Spirit entering the regenerated 
heart of the believer. 

Notice carefully this greater salvation did not begiti at 
Pentecost, as many teach, but nearly four years before Pen- 
tecost when John and Christ preached it. The "great salav- 
tion, which at first began to be spoken by the Lord." Heb. 
2:3. The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mark 1:1. 
Do not be led astray by the increasingly false teaching — 
the postponement theory. 

B. While the Gospel began here, it increased in greatness 
until the end of Revelation. Faith, Repentance and Baptism, 
these first three principles with John and Christ. See R. V. 
Heb. 6:l-.3. The fourth principle, the laying on of hands for 
the reception of the Holy Spirit, was not given until after 
Pentecost. Because no one received this great, increased 
blessing, the person of the Holy Spirit, till Pentecost, many 
t.each that our Gospel began here. This is a gi-eat mistake. 
"The law and the prophets prophesied until John," not until 
Pentecost. What confuses many is the overlapping of the 
ages. While the Gospel began with John the Baptist, the law 
was not taken away until it was nailed to the cross when 
Christ died. 

C. With Pentecost began the greatly increased blessings 
of the Gospel Dispensation. The Gospels give only what 
Christ began both to do and te(wh, see Acts 1:1. The Acts, 
the Epistles and Revelation give what Christ continues to do 
and to teach since Pentecost. All this is for the regenerated 
believer. Salvation as typified by the Aaronic priesthood of 
Christ in His death and in His life while on earth is under- 
stood by the average Brethren minister. But Christ as typi- 
fied by the Melchizadek priesthood is not generally under- 
stood. The lack of knowledge concerning the latter is a gi-eat 
weakness of the Brethren Church and is a primary cause of 
our late di^^sion. 

The following is a summary of some of the things gener- 
ally understood and some not understood : 

1. Salvation (as mentioned above) typified by the Aaronic 

2. The work of the Holy Spirit. 

(a) The Holy Spirit enlightens every man that comes 
into the world. John 1:9. 

(b) No man can oomp to the Father except the Father 
draw him. John 6:44. 

(c) The Holy Spirit causes the sinner to hate sin and 
to seek God before he is saved. He will reprove, (convict, 
convince), the world of sin. 

(d) The Holy Spirit regenerates. Jonh .'!::?, .=>, 7. 

(e) The Holy Spirit, after one is saved, strengthens 
him by the Holy Spirit before one receives the Gift of the 
Holy Spirit, is given as a preparation to receive Him. The 
disciples had been saved for three and a half years. Fifty 
days before the Holy Spirit was given He breathed on them 


The Brethren Evangelist 

and said, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost." John 20:22. This 
was fifty days before Pentecost. 

Paul saw the love waning in the Ephesian church. They 
were saved but had not received the gift of the Holy Ghost, 
or if they had once received Him, they lost Him. Paul was 
on his knees praying that these Ephesian brethren might 
be strengthened "with might by his Spirit in the inner man." 
He breathed upon them, John 20:22, preparing them for a 
ten day prayer meeting, not because they had received the 
gift of the Holy Spirit, but as a necessary preparation to 
receive this grift. They were strengthened that Christ might 
dwell in their hearts by faith. This is the mystery hid for 
four thousand years — "Christ in you the hope of gloi-y." Eph. 
3:14-20. Col. 1:26,27. The disciples knew the Holy Spirit 
for three years but He only dwelt mffe them but now in 
them. John 14:17. 

(f) Water Baptism. The Baptism of Repentance by 
Triune Immersion is included in repentance. Baptism is not 
only a symbol of salvation, it is far more; it is a CONDI- 
TION of salvation to the penitent who is rightly taught. 
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." "Repent 
and be baptized for the remission of sins." "Arise and be 
baptized and wash away thy sins." "Baptism also now sa.res 
us." The conscience tells us to do wha^ the Gospel says, to 
be saved, and when we do it, that is the answer of a good 
conscience. There is much twisting, turning, and explaining 
away the plain Scriptures in order to get out of obedience 
to the ordinance of baptism. No man can explain literally 
the Scriptures which refer to the design of baptism without 
teaching that they are essential to salvation to every one 
rightly taught. 

(g) After the Gospel was completed, after they were 
regenerated by faith, repentance and the baptism of repent- 
ance for the remission of sins, then they should pray to be 
strengthened by faith so that by the laying on of hands 
they might receive the Holy Spirit. The Gospel clearly 
teaches that the laying on of hands is essential to the 
i-eception of the Gift of the Holy Spirit after baptism and 
after salvation. 

The Gift of the Holy Spirit was first given on the day of 
Pentecost and without the laying on of hands. The reasons 
are clear: The laying on of hands was the work of ordained 
preachers, who had previously received the Gift of the Holy 
Spirit. That explains why Cornelius and his household re- 
ceived the Gift without the laying on of hands. Before Pen- 
tecost, no one had received this gift so they could not 
perform this service. The case of Cornelius was a Gentile 
Pentecost. The Lord gave them the Holy Spirit in the same 
manner as at the earlier Jewish Pentecost to prove to the 
Jews that the Gentiles were to be fellow heirs. The prejudices 
were so strong against the Gentiles that it took four miracles 
to convince Peter that the Gentiles could receive the Gift as, 
well as the Jews. History tells us that it was believed among 
the Christian Jews that no Gentile could receive the Holy 
Spirit. Therefore they, the Gentiles, received the Gift without 
the laying on of hands. This proved that the middle wall 
of partition was broken down and that there was now no 
difference between the Jew and the Greek, (Gentile), Roman. 

After the Gospel was completed, every Christian was to 
receive the Holy Spirit by faith, prayer, and the laying on of: 
hands.. They "Prayed for them that they might receive thei 
Holy Ghost . . . then they laid their hands on them and 
they received the Holy Ghost." Acts 8:15, 17. Hebrews 6:2, 3 
says that the laying on of hands was part of the beginning 
of the doctrine of Christ. It also says, "This ivill we do." We 
are all one in Christ, hence this command is for us. Verse 3. 

(To be continued) 

February 21, 1942 


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(This series of brief messages was broadcast over radio 
station WTRC, Elkhart, Indiana, during June S>-V.\, 1941.) 


"And the things which thou hast heard from mv among 
many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who 
shall be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2. 

If we desire to considei- this verse with the thought of 
the steward in mind, we must define our temi from the 
Scriptural viewpoint. The .steward of the New Testament 
is a manager or supeiintendent or trustee to whom the head 
af the or jtroprietor has intrusted the management 
3f his affairs, the care of receipts and expenditures, and the 
iuty of dealing- out the projier portion to every se)vant and 
3ven to the children not yet of age. The apostles and other 
Christian teachers are called "stewards of the mysteries of 
CJod," as those to whom the counsels of God have been com- 
mitted to be made known to men (1 Corinthians 4:1). A 
lishop, or overseer, is called a steward of God (Titus 1:7), 
ind any and every Christian who rightlv uses the gifts 
ntrusted to him by God for the good of his brethren, belongs 
io the class called "good stewards of the manifold grace 
3f God" (1 Peter 4:10). 

In Paul's letter to Timothy he says in 1:18, "This 
harge I commit unto thee." We are not just now asking 
what was committed, but merely noticing- that Timothy, as a 
;teward, has a definite charge placed in his trust. Reading- 
m in that first letter to {i:20 we read the Apostle's heart- 
'elt exhortation, "O Timothy, keep (i. e. guard) that which 
s committed to thy trust." ."^nd again, later by a few years, 
lossibly, he wrote in 2 Timothy 1:14, "That good thing 
vhich was committed unto thee keep (guard) by the Holy 
5host which dwelleth in us." Then in the next chapter is 
'ecorded our text verse. 

These exhortations to Timothy group themselves around 
■he three ideas of a trust committed to the steward, guarded 
)y the steward, and recommitted by the steward. We are 
argely concerned at this time with the guarding or recom- 
nitting, or, in other words, 'he faithfulness of the steward. 

In 1 Corinthians 4:2 we read, "Moreover it is required 
n stewards that a man be found faithful." I believe that 
imothy was faithful in that which the Lord and the Apostle, 
nder the inspiration of the Lord, bade him do. In none of 
aul's mention of him is there implication of any unfaith- 
ulness. And in 1 Corinthians 4:17 Paul calls him "faithful 
n the Lord." Therefore, we take it to be a fact that this 
^phesian pastor and former traveling companion of Paul 
■uarded the deposit entrusted to him and delivered it in 
rust, unimpaired, to trustworthy men who would in their 
urn hand it on again. 

Yes, we note again that the great requisite for the office 
f steward is fidelity. As a servant, he must be faithful to 
is master. As a disciple, he must be faithful to those under 
is oversight. He must not neglect to dispense to them their 
ood, neither dare he adulterate it, nor substitute anything 
n place of that given to be distributed. So in regard to mill- 
iters, teachers, Christian workers. Christian )iarents. Also, 

minister of God in discharging his stewardshi)) must be 
eaf alike to praise and blame of men. His standard is the 
^ill of his Master, not the opinions of men. If he follows 
he latter, he will never be faithful in his office. 

The resurrected Lord Jesus says, Revelation 2:10, "Be 
thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." 
The faithful steward is to have his reward. A long time ago 
a Welsh prince left his infant child in the care of his great 
dog. The prince came home and found blood all over the 
nui-sery and the cradle overturned. In mad despair he plunged 
his sword into the dog's heart. But when the dog was dead 
at his feet, he saw a wolf's mangled body in a corner of the 
room, and upon turning over his cradle he found the royal 
infant alive and asleep. Then he buried the body of the 
faithful guardian of his child and erected a mon\nnpnt to his 

We do not regard with anv respect the one who is not 
faithful. A faithless one is despised and avoided, although 
he may be gifted in many dii-ections. The first thing neces- 
,sary in the character of a sei-^-ant or workman is faithfulness 
and trustworthiness. The soldier who forsakes his position 
is branded as a deserter and submitted to humiliating pun- 
ishment. He is despised by all who see him because he has 
been faithless to his country. In every position it is required 
that a man be found faithful. 


^1 (To be used in connection with the Sunday 

'i> School Lessons.) 


^ M. How the kingdom grows. Mark 4:26- 

% ^i 

V T. Finding hidden treasui-e. Matthew 
% 13:44-46 

W. The separation of men. Matthew 1,3: 

T. A pointed parable. II Samuel 12:1-7 
F. The method of the parable. Mark 4: 

6 .S^. One parable explained. Mark 4:14-20 

X S. Parables and commandments. Psalm 

X 78:1-8 


V M. Drink and heredity. Judges 13:2-7 
X 7*. The appetite for strong- drink. Isaiah 
6 24:5-12 

% W. Drink and disaster. .loel 3:2-8 

A T. When leaders drink. Isaiah 28:1-7 

^ F. K total abstainer. Luke 1:13-17 

A S. God will not acquit the wicked. 

\ Nahum 1:1-10 

% S. Drunkards and the kingdom of God. 

A I Corinthians 6:9-12 


\' M. The winds and the waves obey. 

A Matthew 8:23-27 

6 T. Power to cast out demons. Matthew 

X 8:28-34 

% W. Healing the blind. John 9:1-11 

X T. Miracles not for show. Luke 23:6-12 

% F. Miracles and moral impro\ ement. 

I Acts 19:11-20 

X S. The significance of Miracles. John 6: 

^ 26-3b 

'1; S. God's great works. Psalm 111:1-10 


.'. M. Jesus anticipates Calvary. Mark 8: 

V 27-33 
'.'■'. T. A paradox of self-sacrifice. Mark 8: 

V 34-38 

'i' ir. Christ's death in prophecy. Acts 3: 

X 12-21 

•\' T. The scriptures concerning himself. 

V Luke 24:25-.32 
y F. The only Saviour. Isaiah 43:10-15 
X ^- A pei-fect Saviour. Hebrews 5:5-10 
X S. Jesus, the master of death. John 2: 
4> 18-25 




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The Missionary Board is Humbly Greatfu 

To every good pastor and every good Brethren who has entered the Mission fields 
lliis > car by sharing in your Thanksgiving Offerings, Many gifts will yet come. 

(Jrcat numbers of our people have opened their hearts more largely than ever before. 
You will notice in our reports how many of our churches have increased their gifts. May 
God never let the Brethren Church close her eyes to such a needy world's wants. If we 
reallv want to witness, now is the time to do it. 

Wc are hoping that each and every Sunday School Teacher and Missionary Superin- 
tendent already is causing his group to save already for our Easter offerings. Jesus said, 
"(Jo ye into all the world", and our churches must go in His name. Many of our groups 
arc using the little cellophane money bags as collectors of the Easter Offerings. Start 
early and it will be easy. We must not stop fighting Satan just because the nations are at 


Brethren Ennpllst 

Vol. XUV, No. 8 

February 28, 1942 



Official Organ 
of The Brethren Church 

iLc'QjiqTT: 839IXO0 

The Brethren Evangehs< 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Published fifty weeks of the year at 

AN INVITATION CARD urging attendance at the Wed- 
nesday night Bible study class of the Pittsburgh Brethren 
Church came to the editor's desk a few days ago. Brother 
Floyd Sibert, pastor of the church, writes that this service 
has taken the nature of a "Personal Workers Class." He 
THF RRFTHRPN PIIRI mHTNT DO gives the enrollment as 57 and the average attendance as 33. 


TIN, Brother H. H. Rowsey, pastor, that on February 1st 
PRUDENTIAL COMMITTEE they had a very interesting evening service. The sermon 

W. E. Ronk, President subject was "Poems That Preach." The announcement fol- 

.J. G. Dodds, Secretary J. E. Stookey, Treasurer lows: "A program of poems that preach: Poems of hymn, 

. . . poems peculiar to Goshen . . . My favorite poems 

MANAGING EDITOR . . . and yours . . . poems from the Scriptures . . . 

F. C. Vanator Prayers in poetry." We note also that Brother Rowsey is 

using the back page of his calendar for the outline of the 
EDITORS study on "Personal Evangelism". 

Rev. W. E. Ronk, Dr. C. F. Yoder, Dr. C. A. Rame, rtT?r-r\n\.iTnn.-KT ^avaotio ivitdt- ht a tm:- ,. ^u- ^ ^ 

„ ^ „ .... .^, RECOGNITION A\\ ARDS WERE MADE to thirty-two 

Rev. J. Rav Klmgensmith 

members of the Milledgeville, Illinois, Brethren Sunday 

CONTRIBUTINC EDITORS School for perfect attendance. The number of years of such 

Dr. W. S. Bell, Dr. George S. Baer, Rev. J. G. Dodds attendance goes all the way one year to twenty-one 

Rev. Claud Studebaker Rev. Frank Gehman Jears. Harry Bushman received recognition for twenty-one 

Dr. R. F. Porte years of continuous attendance. Several others were close to 

that mark. Brother St. Claire Benshoff is pastor of this 
Terms of Subscription. ,$1.50 per year in advance church. 1 

Change of Address. In ordering change of address EVANGELISTIC SERVICES will begin at the Loree, In- 

always give both old and new addresses. diana. Brethren Church on March 1st and continue through 

the 15th. Brother C. C. Grisso, pastor of the church, will act 
Remittances. Send all money, business communica- ^^ j^j^ ^^,^ evangelist. Remember these brethren in your 

tions and contributed articles to 


The Brethren Publishing Company, ^^^ ^^^^, LEBANON, OHIO, bulletin informs us that a 

Ashland, Ohio i > ui- • j j? ii. i.- 

layman s public service was prepared for the worship ser- 

vice of February 15th. It announces that Bi-other Arthur, 

„ ^ _, .. „, Baer, recently called to the ministry fiom the Muncie, Indiana, 

KnterMl *k second maltpr at AshlanM. Ohm. Arcent^d for maillnc 

church, was to be the speaker. We will look for a complete 

Rl sppoial rotp, section llO.t. art of Octnbpr .1. 1917. ailttioriTed 

report of this meeting. Brother Berkshire pastors this flock. 

Spptcmbt-r 3. mSS. 

BROTHER ELMER M. KECK, pastor of the North Van- 

— — dergrift, Pa., church, reports that on Sunday, February 8th, 

66% of the attendants at the evening service were young 

^ vy IN I t IN I J people under the age of 20. An average of 64% for the past 

^,^„^,^^^„„^^^,„„^,^^^^^^^^^,^^^^,^,^^^,,„„,^^^^^^^ four Sundays is reported. That is fine and we need more of 

this kind of attendance in all of our churches, for it is out' 

Interesting Items 2 . , , . . , , , . , , ., , ^, , , 

, _, r,-, „„,,., T, T ... of the interest showni bv the voung people that the church 

I Came That Ihev Might Have Life — 

Editorial-F. C .V 3 glows and grows. 

The Tithe— Our Debt— Dr. G. C. Carpenter 4 xHE ANNOUNCEMENT IN the February 8th bulletin 

The Offering — Our Privilege — Rev. E. M. Riddle 4 r 4.. it- -n ^. , ,t, r- -vr /-.-i 1. ^ • 

,,_ ^ ,.,,.".,,. . , of the Vinco, Pa., church (Rev. C. Y. Gilmer, pastor) gives 
Some Outstanding K.xperiences m a Ministry of 

Fifty-five Years-Fourteenth in Series ^^'^''^ "^l^"''* something to "shoot at" in their own congrega- 

— Dr. Martin Shively 5 tions. We quote: "Offerings at church services last Sunday, 

An .Address to Ministers — Dr. I. D. Bowman (Continued).. C (Februory 1st) totaled .$200.66. of this amount $173.20 was 

I Went To Church— Dr. Charles A. Banie 8 for the Building Fund, $26.46 for the church treasury, and 

Fi^s-e Minute Miniatures-No. Ill-Rev. Delbert Flora 10 j^ oO for the Brethren Publishing Company's new building. 

Education and the Future— Rev. Floyd Sibert 10 ^ „ , , . . , 

Tui-A A^;i, (->„.„„ T „„■ „*■ Tu " 1. iu \r " c lack $6.76 yet on the last item in order to reach our goal, 

ihird Mile — Camp Inspiration Through the Year f . 

Dr. L. E. Lindower 11 ^''^•' a 10% increase in all offerings over those of last year." 

"Reminiscent"— H. A. Gossard 12 We have a picture of the new church on our desk and it 

Our Children's Department i?. ^^^^.^j,^. j^ ^ beautiful structure. We are looking forward to- j 

Christian Endeavor Topic for 'iounK People 14 . . • ■ r- ^ ..i • . , . ., j *' 

, i i i y, ,^y I ' ward bringing a fine view of this church to the readers of 

Important to all Churches 14 * ^ 

Benevolent Offering Report i" ^'"' K'''<"i!ielist. together with a detailed report of their ded- 

Laid to Rest If, icatioii when that event takes place. We congratulate the 

,A.m()ng the Churches H; congregation at Vinco for their fine forward step. 



I saw a picture on a recent Bulletin of the Fre- 
mont, Ohio Church that caused me to write this edi- 

Let me describe it to you. 

Marching boldly across a field filled with crosses, 
identifying it as a burial ground on a field of battle, 
is shown the symbol of war in the person of "Mars", 
the so-called god of war. Savage scorn is on his face 
and bitterness and hatred are closely shown in his 
attitude. With drawn sword, dripping with the blood 
of the carnage, he half turns to view a vision of One 
who came into the world to bring a far different at- 
titude among men. The words which are falling from 
the lips of the One in the vision are those which be- 
come the theme of this little message — "But I came 
that they might have LIFE." 

We are now engaged in war 

Just where that war will force us, only the Lord 
Himself has any idea. That war was thrust upon us. 
It is not of our choosing. It is a war in defense of our 

Historically the Brethren Church has always been 
opposed to war as such. We have never believed that 
we could settle major questions by that means. War 
has always been. It always will be as long as this 
present world order exists. It seems that we must 
look upon it as a necessary world-evil. 

But we started out to say that the Brethren 
Church has always felt that the supreme business 
of the Christian was to SAVE life and not to destroy 
it. And, now, in the present circumstances each man 
and each woman must be the judge of his or her own 

Oonsentration of Effort 

Will I be going too far if I attempt to remind the 
church that if as much effort would be put forth in 
a campaign for the saving of souls as is being put 
forth in the defense of our nation, that of an all-out 
effort, souls would be won to the Master so rapidly 
' that there would be a great change in attitude in the 
entire world. It seems that the church has never 
caught the vision embodied in the words of the Lord, 
"I am come that they might have life." 

A Test of Character 

Sometimes it takes drastic measures to set us to 
thinking. Mrs. William Kletzer, president of the 

National Congress of Parents and Teachers, recent- 
ly spoke the following words, words which should 
make us pause and think, not of the present, but the 
future. This is what she said : 

"Instead of permitting the war to bend us to its 
will, we must use it to forge for ourselves and our 
children some of the sterling traits of character that 
made our forefathers great." 

If we pause long enough to meditate on the mean- 
ing of the last phrase in the above quotation, "ster- 
ling traits of character that made our forefathers 
great", we cannot help but realize that those traits 
were not material, but rather spiritual. It is not the 
material things that make for greatness — for mater- 
ial things are only relative. They are not enduring. 
Only witness the mighty destruction of material 
things that is going on out over the world today. 
True, these can be rebuilt, and without a doubt they 
will be rebuilt. But they will not be the same. There 
is only one thing that is enduring. That is the real 
spiritual value which is found in Christ our Lord. 

Out of this War— What? 

Out of this present conflict will come just what 
the Christians of this world will make it, or else we 
are headed for a dispairing pit, too deep and too ter- 
rible to even contemplate. 

This is a crisis time. But let us remember that it 
is no more of a crisis time than that which faced our 
Lord as He came to the end of His ministry here on 
the earth. Would it not be well to face it as He did — 
in the strength of the Father? Would it not be well 
to pause and think deeply about our attitude toward 
God ? What we are when this war ends will be marked 
by what we are while this war is in progress. 

The words of the writer of the Epistle to the He- 
brews are words upon which we can depend in this 
hour of unrest. Listen to them : "For we have not a 
high priest who is not able to be touched by the feel- 
ings of our infirmities ; but was in all tempted (test- 
ed) like we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore 
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may 
obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." 

Discouraged at the picture ? No. For we remember 
that the Word says, "Jesus Christ is the same yes- 
terday, today, yea, and forever. We place our trust 
in Him. 

F. C. V. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The Tithe ^ Our Debt 

Dr. G C. Carpenter 

It is correct to say that God is a good business 
man and loves order and system. This is evident 
in all His creation. God does nothing in a haphazard 
way. It is unreasonable to think that God would es- 
tablish His Church in this world with a commission 
to evangelize the whole world and then fail to pro- 
vide an adequate system of finance to make it all 
possible. The churches of America today are in 
pressing need of a revival of Christian Stewardship, 
not only of money, but of life itself. Millions of in- 
different, inactive church members are suffering 
from a lack of the sense of Christian Stewardship. 

Every church member should face the fact with 
Saint Paul that "I have a stewardship entrusted to 
me." A recent book of daily devotion by Bishop 
Ralph S. Cushman, carries the title, "I Have a 
Stewardship," and emphasizes throughout the 
pressing need of more faithful stewardship. What 
pastor does not realize such need in his church? And, 
sad to say, some pastors fail to set the example of 
faithful Christian stewards, which fact may account 
in many instances for the failure among the laity. 

The "major peril" lies in the stewardship of ma- 
terial wealth. Those who rob God of the tithe or any 
portion of it rob themselves and the church of spir- 
itual life and thus hinder the growth of the Kingdom 
of God, and delay the return of the Lord. When 
money is god the worshipper is a pauper in the sight 
of the God of Heaven. It was because Jesus knew 
that the "major peril" lay in the field of material 
wealth that he talked so often of money. A conver- 
sion that does not go far enough to include the pock- 
etbook is very superficial and unreal. 

Man is only a tenant. God is the owner. The ten- 
ant who does not pay his rent cannot expect the part- 
nership to continue. What a privilege to be in part- 
nership with God. And what a tragedy that so many 

fail to enter into that partnership or break it by un- 
faithfulness after entering. A man who does not pay 
his debts cannot be trusted. The tithe from the be- 
ginning has been God's own appointed share of man's 
material increase. It is a debt and should be paid 
promptl.v out of the first fruits. 

"Thou shalt not covet" is God's commandment, 
but how many do covet the tithe and keep for them- 
selves what belongs to God. In other words, they 
fail to meet their first and chief obligation, which 
is a sin condemned in Scripture in violent terms. 
Many professing Christians are spiritually sick be- 
cause they rob God. They do not pay enough into 
the Lord's treasury to keep spiritually strong. They 
become anaemic without knowing it. They be- 
come stumbling blocks instead of good examples be- 
fore the youth of the church. They not only rob God 
but they rob themselves. They cheat themselves out 
of abundant blessings, both material and spiritual. 
They place themselves where they cannot claim many 
of the promises of God. 

The principles of one-seventh of our time and 
one-tenth of our income have come down together 
through time with Old Testament sanction and Newi 
Testament recognition and approval. To depart 
from either is dangerous and unprofitable. 

Robert E. Speer says, "There is no objection that 
holds against the principle of the tithe that does not 
hold against the principle of the Sabbath Day." Man 
has as much right to break the one as the other. 

Better pay your debts, and begin with the first 
debt you owe, which is the tithe that God says is 
His own. Try it through 1942 and the joy and satis-! 
faction and prosperity that will result will guar- 
antee your continuance as a tither as long as you 


The Offering - Our Privilege 

Rev. E. M Riddle 

Since another has presented an article on "The 
Tithe', this message must be confined strictly to 'the 

The offering begins where tlie tithe stops. In other 
words, those who give to the Lord's work are making 
an offering of that amount which is given over and 
above the amount of the tithes. Jesus has given some 

lovely instruction on the subject of 'Giving', as well 
as the Apostle Paul. In 1 Cor. 16:'2 Paul said, "Let 
ever.\- man give as God hath prospered him". When 
he wrote these words of instruction to the Corin- 
thians thus, lie was fully aware that the liighest 
compensation was a spiritual one. Proportionate giv- 
ing is always our privilege and it will help to promote 
a glad heart for service, and a capacity for sacrifice. 

Febi-uary 28, 1942 

It keeps away paralysis of generosity. When we bring 
an offering each week, we could hardly forget our 
God. It keeps the doors of our heart open, ever watch- 
ing for an opportunity to serve a needy neighbor 
somewhere in the world. 

The correct response to 'Giving' makes a Christian 
a real partner with his God in the great divine work, 
unto which He has called us to be helpers. Many a 
person has asked — 'How much ought I to give ?' Until 
Christians answer that question correctly, there 
is neither a staple foundation, financially, for the 
church, nor for peace for the soul. Further let it be 
understood that worrying about church suppers, 
bazaars and other questionable ways only tend to 
weary and weaken some of the finer accomplishments 
of the church. Those individuals and churches who 
know by experience the joy of 'tithing' and 'propor- 
tionate giving' are the happy ones and also the pros- 
perous ones, not only financially but spiritually. Yes, 
real giving begins with the offering. 

A little girl's example might be well. She asked her 
mother for a nickel which she wanted very much. She 
had seen some nice chocolates in a certain window. 
Well, said the mother, since my little girl has worked 
so well this morning, you shall have the nickle. Up- 
on her return, the mother noticed that she had no 
candy and said, "Why Mabel you surely saved your 
mother one piece didn't you? She exclaimed, 
"Mother, I didn't buy any." Just before I came to the 
restaurant I found a blind man. I heard him say, '0 

God, if I could only see your beautiful world, how 
happy I would be!" Then, mother, I thought of what 
my teacher said last Sunday, that this week we each 
make an offering to someone, who did not have some 
blessing we had, so I dropped the nickle in his cup. 
Said the little girl, 'I had such a sweet feeling in my 
heart that I did not want the chocolates." The mother 
was much pleased also. 

It is tremenduously interesting to note how soon 
the conscientious tither will be bringing his offer- 
ings, until in many cases his gifts are many times 
more than the tithe. This is free giving. It makes a 
glad heart. Even the tithe is not a grevious thing if 
we love the Lord. It is not mechanical. But cheerful 
givers do like to enjoy some liberty in going the sec- 
ond mile, in giving the extra garment, the extra 
bushel, the extra dollars, in making free-will offer- 
ings. Yea, with the spirit of one long ago, in the 
breaking the alabastei' box of ointment, very pre- 

From the earliest days of the church, there have 
been those who were not satisfied to merely bring the 
tenth. Every Christian worker today knows of such 
givers in the past as Russell Sage, Colgate and many 
today who are known because of their free giving- 
Their benevolent spirit leaves for them a monument 
and a testimony to the world. We believe that our 
God loves the cheerful givers and we know also that 
He will abundantly bless such giving. 


Some Outstanding Experiences in a 
Ministri^ of Fiftvj-five Years 

When the General Conference of the Brethren 
Church was being held in the old gymnasium at the 
college, Dr. Gnagey read a paper entitled, "The For- 
gotten Man", which began with a pathetic story 
about a soldier in Napoleon's army, who had been 
stationed at a point to guard it, and whose superior 
officers forgot him when the occasion which led to 
liis being stationed there was past. But true to his 
: charge, he remained at his post for so long a time 

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that his uniform had been reduced to rags- But 
faithful to his trust he remained at his post until 
several years had passed, and then fortunately it so 
happened that the emperor passed that way, and up- 
on receiving a salute, and noting the condition of the 
man, he inquired as to why he was there. When he 
heard the story he was deeply moved and at once 
showered the faithful soldier with evidences of his 
appreciation of the man's loyalty. 

In making application of his story, he drew a par- 
allel in which he said the forgotten man of the pres- 
ent day, is the minister of the Gospel, who gives the 
years of his prime to the service of the church, and 
when old age with its waning powers falls upon him, 
he is too often pushed aside to make room for a suc- 
cessor who has the advantage of youth and advanced 
training. He even stated it as his opinion that when 

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the minister passes his fiftieth year, he is crossing 
the dead Hne beyond which the demands for his 
services decrease, until he is finally all but forgot- 
ten, and too often he lives as best he can until the 
Lord calls him to his eternal home. 

I was then past my fiftieth year, and confess that 
I was greatly moved by the paper and the argument 
he presented. Thus when during the conference of 
1919 Brother Beachler asked me if I knew that at 
the next meeting of the Ashland College Board of 
Trustees, I would be chosen to the office of Bursar, I 
not only did not know that such a thing was in the 
mind of any one, but remembering Brother Gnagey's 
paper, I gave the matter serious thought. After con- 
sulting my good wife, we agreed that if the call 
should come, we would accept. Thus when at the 
annual meeting of the Trustees held in January 1920, 
I was elected to the office above, and tendered my 
resignation to the Masontown congregation, and on 
April 9 of that year, I entered the office, succeeding 
Brother A. C. Henrickson, in charge of the finances 
of Ashland College. By the grace of God, I am still 
here and trying in His name to serve the church and 
its only institution of learning. 

I was perhaps the more ready to accept the call to 
the new position, because I was grateful for what 
Ashland College had done for me, when in February 
1886 I had come with my young wife to secure the 
help which it has always stood ready to give to those 
who come into its halls. True the college then was not 
what I found it now to be, and what it has since be- 
come. Then, there were a few teachers, but they were 
good ones, for in his field, none has been better than 
Prof. W. C. Perry, and in her field, his wife, was 
equally efficient. 

The student body was small, but was composed of 
serious minded young men nd women, most of whom 
have made worth while contribution to the world. 

Then too I was the more ready to come to Ashland, 
because it was led now by a group of men whom I not 
only knew well, but men whom I loved and with it 
would be an honor to be associated. Dr. E. E. Jacobs 
I had known for some years, and knew him to be a 
true son of the church, the son of one of its outstand- 
ing pioneer ministers. Then too there was my boy- 
hood friend, Dr. J. Allen Miller, whose service in and 
to the college, can never be honored enough by Breth- 
ren people for under his leadership a group of young 
men and women were prepared for such a service as 
made their ministry one of the high points in Breth- 
ren history. Here too I knew that I would be again as- 
sociated with Dr. L. L. Garber, who was a fellow stu- 
dent in the days of work here. And to this same Dr. 
Garber, the matchless teacher of English and foren- 
sics, the new preachers were indebted for their abil- 
ity as public speakers, a contribution by no means in- 
significiant in leading to the success which crowned 
the work of the new preachers of the Word. 

Here too I would be associated with Prof. De- 
Lozier, the master linguist, whose genial spirit and 
splendid forensic ability made him a man outstand- 
ing anywhere. There was also Dr. R. R .Haun, whom 
I had not known, but have come to love and respect 
most highly for both what he has in his head and in 
liis heart. And a discovery I made on coming into this 
office, heightened my love and confidence in them to 
an exceptional degree, was that the.y were not here 
for "the loaves and fishes". For in spite of the time 
and money expended in securing the preparation 
which fitted them for the positions they held, they 
were serving for salaries much smaller than some 
men who were pastors. I shall not say more about 
this matter, though I cannot but wish that my read- 
ers could know the measure of the sacrifices these 
men were making for conscience sake. Ashland Col- 
lege has never been an institution in which men could 
come with the hope of self-enrichment, except the en- 
richment of mind and soul, due to the consciousness 
that service was being given which was calculated to. 
make the world a better place in which to live. I 

Of the men whom I found serving on the faculty 
when I came, three have gone to their eternal reward. 
Tlaese are Dr. Miller, in whose honor it is my privilege 
to conduct an annual memorial service during the 
daily chapel period. DeLozier too is gone, as is Prof. 
Wolford, and each continues to live in the work of the 
students whom they influenced. Tlie worker may die, 
but the work goes on, which is peculiarly true at 
Ashland College. 


An Address to Ministers 

Dr. I. D. bowman 

(Continued from last week) 

Jerome, A. D. 275 says, "They ask, 'why he that is baptized 
does not receive the Holy Ghost but by the laying on of 
hands?' This observation for the honor of the priesthood 
did descend from the Scriptures. If you ask where is it writ- 
ten, it is in the Acts of the Apostles." Then he says, "The 
whole Christian world, taught that the Holy Spirit was re- 
ceived by the laying on of hands after baptism." 

Every new convert should be thoroughly taught that by 
piayer and the laying on of hands he should receive dynamic 
power. Chrysostim, A. D. 375 said, "Seest thou not that it 
was not done in any ordinary manner, but it needed gi-eat 
power to receive the Holy Ghost." Commenting on Hebrews 
6:1-3 he says, "All these are fundamental articles: that is, 
that we ought to repent from dead works, to be baptized in 
the faith of Christ, and made worthy of the Holy Ghost, who 
is given by the imposition of hands." 

In the early part of my ministry, I laid hands on hundreds 
who never received the Holy Ghost by my teaching because 
I had a very vague idea of its design. I have a brother, the 
most learned of our family, who said, "I shall clearly teach 
its design or quit laying on of hands." /( is very important 
that we comprehend its design and clearly teach it! Since 
new Galvanism is spreading so rapidly and is dividing our 

February 28, 1942 

preachers on this point, we should study, critically, this 
ordinance and its design, both Biblically and historically. 

The study of Jesus Christ as our High Priest in heaven 
will help us to understand the work of the Gift of the Holy 
Ghost. "Consider (gaze upon), the Apostle and High Priest 
of oui profession." Heb. o:l. In Heb. 2 : 17, we are told, "He 
became nuut that he might be a merciful and faithful High 
Priest." We are told in Heb.4:14 to .'5:17 how He is a merciful 
High Priest. Under the law, Moses was the apostle and 
Aaron the high priest. Apostle means, a sent one, a mes- 
senger, a prophet sent by God. Be caieful not to confound 
God sending His Son John 3:16 as an Apostle on earth, with 
the Son sent from heaven, after His ascension as an Apostle. 
Both are true, but there is a great difference. 

Here, Christ is sent as an Apostle after He received all 
power, after He was glorified, after He ascended and was 
seated as our High Priest. Since the Holy Ghost was given. 
He brought the spirit of the Father and the Son to dwell 
both with and in us. Moses typified Christ as Apostle, while 
Christ was on the earth. Joshua typified Christ as sent from 
heaven as an Apostle. 

Let us look at Jesus Christ who is now in heaven as our 
High Prist as typified by Melchizedek: 

1. Jesus Christ is our Captain, our Leader. He rent the 
veil of His flesh when He died. When He arose by the power 
of His own blood. He was given an immortal body. His 
resurrection was a birth. He was the first born from the 
dead. Col. 1:18. God brought Him from the dead through 
the blood of the everlasting covenant. He was first born of 
the Virgin Mary with a mortal body, but now He is born 
again from the dead with an immortal body. Heb. l;!:20. 
Here God takes the blood and uses it as the power of the 
ibirth of the body. "The God of peace that brought again 
from the dead, our Lord Jesus, through the blood of the 
everlasting covenant." 

Now as High Priest as typified by Melchizedek through 
the rent veil and His own blood, He brings us into heaven — 
into the very presence of God. He seats us in the Father and 
in the Son and gives us all spiritual blessings. He does all 
this a merciful and faithful High Priest. How fathomless! 
'How profound the following Scriptures: "Blessed is the God 
and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who liath blessed us 
with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." 
Eph. l:o. "And what is the exceeding g:eatness of His 
power to US-ward, according to the working of His mighty 
power which He wrought in CJirist when he brought him 
fium the dead, and set him at His own right hand in 
heavenly places. And gave Hirh to be the head over all things 
to the Church which is His oody the fulness of Him that 
filleth all in all." Eph. 1: 10, 20, 22, 23. God, "hath raised 
us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in 
Christ Jesus." Eph. 2:3. "Having therefore, brethren, bold- 
ness to entei- into the holiest (heaven) by the blood of Jesus 
by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, 
through the veil, that is to say His flesh, let us draw near 
with a true heart in full assurance of faith having our 
hearts sprinkled — with the blood of Christ — from an evil 
■ unscience." Heb. 10:19, 20, 22. 

He is a merciful High Prist; He shows compassion and 
helps us in our weaknesses and temptations. He is also our 
.A.postle and fulfills His promises in us. Spiritually He dwells 
in us both individually and collectively. "Know ye not that 
your body is the temple, (naos, the third department of the 
temple, the holy of holies) of the Holy Ghost, which is in 
lyou?" 1 Cor. 6:19. "Ye are the temple of the Holy Ghost as 
iGod hath said, I will dwell in them and walk in them." 2 
jCor. 0:16. As High Priest, we enter into His house, (heaven), 
I'iojr. Consider the two houses. As Apostle God makes our 
iheart on earth His habitation. 


Christ as our Leader, Captain, Forerunner, "learned 
obedience by the things which He suffered." Heb. 5:8. Geth- 
semane was Christ's training school in obedience. "Lo I am 
come to do Thy will." He entered completly into our weak- 
nesses. This is the highest lesson for us in obedience. 
"Hereby perceive we the love of God because He laid down 
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the 
Inethren." 1 John 3:16. The very essence of xalvation is obe- 
dience. Christ came to do God's will so we are to do God's 
will too. "Being made perfect. He became the Author of 
eterniil salvation unto (dl them that obey him. Ephapras 
always laboring fervently for you in prayers that 
ye may stand perfect and complete in all Hit- will of God." 
Col. 4:12 "Now the God of peace . . . make you perfect 
in every good work to do His will, working in you that which 
is well pleasing in His sight." "Teaching them to observe 
all things whatsoe\-<:r I have comamnded you." Matt. 28:20. 
"He will come in flaming fire taking vengenace on them that 
obei/ not the Gospel." 2 Thess. 1:8. These and hundreds of 
other verses teach that obedience is essential to salvation. 
Neither Christ nor man could become perfect without obedi- 
ence to God's will. Both Christ's obedience and ours is essen- 
tial to our salvation. Our obedience is just as essential as 
His. Both His obedience and ours is very important. Our 
restoration to obedience was the great ^purpose of redemp- 
tion. Both Christ's and our obedience is necessary for Christ 
to reveal His life in us. Christ came to work out in Himself 
a new nature, and to impart to us a new way of living which 
we must follow. Salvat on can neither be possessed nor 
enjoiied WITHOUT obedience to His commands. We have 
power only according to the amount of the Word we know 
and obey. The philosophy that it was all done for us and that 
we have nothing' to do is one of the greatest heresies of this 
century. A literal interpretation of hundreds of scriptures 
will prove this. If we had emphasized obedience as our people 
did for two hundred years, we would be a united group 
today, and would be building up by leaps and bounds. The 
re-emphasis of complete obedience should become our slogan. 
We can believe all the other fundamentals and throw away 
the fundamental of fundamentals, which is obedience, and 
we will amount to nothing. 


Blood, like a scarlet thread, extends from one end of the 
Bible to the other. The word blood has as deep a meaning 
as any other word in the Bible. In Hebrews 2, we have three 
reasons for Christ becoming man and taking flesh and 
blood, that He might be made perfect through suffering, 
that He might destroy the devil, that He might save us. 
His incarnation, virgin birth, earthly life of flesh and blood, 
life of sacrifice, culminating in death, we shall not consider 
since we are. generally agreed on them. We shall consider 
the power of the blood principally after His death to the 
present time. 

The Holy Spirit — the Eternal Spirit — dwelt in Christ's 
body of flesh and blood from His baptism to His death. The 
Spirit became humanized, especially prepared to dwell in us 
on earth after Pentecost. When Christ died, the Holy Spirit 
who dwelt in Him took His blood, (the life of God was in 
that blood), and cleansed heaven. Heb. 9:23. His blood shed 
on earth was not sufficient — heaven itself must be cleansed. 
Heaven could not be opened unto us in any other way. After 
the Eternal Spirit cleansed heaven with Christ's blood, God 
raised Him from the dead by His own blood. Heb. 13:20, and 
Christ entered heaven for ks through His blood. Now we 
enter heaven through His blood. All this was necessary for 
our redemption. 


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What does cleansing of heaven mean? Our sins rose up as 
a dark cloud before Him. In His book of remembrance, God 
says, "I have blotted out as a thick cloud thy transgressions." 
When the Holy Spirit brought the blood into heaven, all sins 
were blotted out. Therefore there is now no condemnation 
to all who are in Christ Jesus. After that, Christ could enter 
into the presence of God for nx. Heaven opened for us to 
enter now through His blood. How wonderful ! "Not without 
blood," with His own blood," "how much more shall the 
blood of Christ?" etc. These are some of the key words of 
opening up heaven for us. 

There is danger of overlooking the deepest meaning of the 
death of Christ — self-sacrifice in obedience. The root of sin 
is turning from God to serve yourself. This, of course, means 
serving the Devil. Christ died TO sin, which implied perfect 
obedience. He died FOR sin, as our substitute. 

In these two aspects, "He made an end of sin and of both 
aspects, we are made partakers." — Wescott. The putting away 
sin goes beyond forgiving of our transgressions. It meant 

the disannulling of sin. Heb. 7:18, sin vanquished, set at 
naught. So He not only put away our sins but put away 
sin within us too. "Whoso abideth in Him sinneth not." 1 
John 3:6. "The blood of Jesus His Son cleanseth us from 
all sin." 1 John 1:7. He constantly cleanses us from the 
nature and principle of sin. 

The value of Christ's work as our substitute was His pure 
character and obedience. Both are inseparable in Him and 
in us. When we draw near to Him and accept Him as our 
substitute, at that time we are implanted in Him in heaven 
and the Holy Spirit from heaven is implanted in w.s and 
this enables us to obey commpletely. We cannot accept Christ 
by an outer, intellectual, dead faith. We are saved by a 
heart faith, which imparts the life of love and obedience. 
"Faith without works is dead." Obedience to the Gospel is 
the work of the law of Grace. It is a work of faith, but not a 
work of the law of merit. Complete obedience to the Gospel 
up to our light, knowledge and ability is taught from Mat- 
thew to Revelation. 

(To be continued) 


Xhe Editors Speak 


Dr. Charles A. Bame 

It is not unusual for me to go to chui'ch. I could 
write many words about the benefits of going to 
church and the duty of it, to all who desire to go 
forward in "our way of life" which has become al- 
most a byword with our citizens and leaders in the 
past few weeks or months. But that is not my pur- 
pose in this message. "Our way of life" is all 
wrapped up in church loyalty. So is all democracy. 
We sing, perhaps too glibly : 

"Our father's God to Thee, 
Author of liberty," 

without really knowing what we have said or rather 
that we have uttered a great, sublime truth. The 
opposite of liberty is dictatorship, ghastly, worse 
than kingship against which our forefathers re- 
volted. The three great dictatorial forms of ruler- 
ship which are wrecking the world about us are all 
anti-Christian. So, in going to church one simply is 
promoting "our way of life" more appreciated by us 
as we see it threatened more and more daily. 

In the past year, deprived as I have been so much 
of the time from attending our own church, I have 
gone to a good many different churches if one of 
them can be called a chui'ch as I presume it can in 
common parlance and as it advertises. All of them 
have commendatory as well as condemnatory ways 
and customs. To some of these I shall ask you to look. 

The First One 

It is in one of the fashionable suburbs of a great 
city. The church building is plain but symmetrical 

Something for Ton to thin}{ about 

rectangular building of the New England type with 
a very high steeple pointing high to heaven. A brick 
structure, it is finished within and without in plain 
white, clean and pure in its suggestion. There is no 
pulpit, just a partition somewhat higher than the 
pulpit behind which the "reader" stands statuesque, 
dignified and quiet, directing the service. It is a mid- 
week service with an attendance of 200 or more. Soft 
carpets hush the sound of many feet as they come to 
the service. I arrived a bit late. In the large carpeted 
corridor I am offered a seat by motion — not a word I 
or whisper is spoken. Many others are late as I am 
or more so, but all are treated as I ; none may enter 
while any part of the service is in progress. 


At the close of the reading the corridor part of i 
the audience are signaled to enter, but none are led 
as children to a place to be seated; ushers, all tail- 
ored in formal evening clothes stand like statues 
down the aisle facing you and will show you a seat 
if you desire to go further forward. All is beautifully 
and studiously calm, silent and reserved. 

They sing hymns not greatly unlike those any 
preacher would choose but none but the leader does f 
any choosing ; he also does the reading, the announc- : 
ing and all talking for the worship part of the serv- ; 
ice. Even the announcements, few in number are 
read formally and cold from a script. The prayer is 
the "Our Father" in which all are expected to re- 
spond, unannounced. The service has reached the 
place for the benediction when the leader offers an 
opportunity for testimony. Now all formalities are 
forgotten ; anyone may speak, yet there is no urging, 
coaxing or begging to "take part". 

February 28, 1942 

The Second One 

It is in another great American city. It is on a 
ftoi-e important thoroughfare and amiti numerous 
,nd large modern caves — the city apartments — 
inhere many hundreds live in less space than this 
ingle church occupies with its own parking space. 
Ve enter in much the same surroundings and quiet 
aim as in the above church. The building is more 
mposing with beautiful stained glass windows, 
rhere are two pulpits and an altar in the front of the 
hurch which might confuse a Brethren preacher, a 
)it to choose at which to read, to pray, and later, 
o give the sermon. A great organ peals forth beau- 
iful music from a loft in the rear around which the 
)aid choir sits to sing classical sacred music, beau- 
iful solos and part songs. 

The preacher follows a set form of service made 
or him, when, how or by whom, I do not even care 
ask. It is beautiful, even to the prayers most of 
vhich are read and a very evident signal to the choir 
ells them that it is time for their very harmonious 
amens" at intervals. A beautiful Calendar and 
)rder of Service is offered each worshipper so that 
lone need wonder what to do next. Large audiences 
re the order here and in even tone the few an- 
louncements are made. The people come and go 
dthout much regard for each other so that the 
trorship seems to be the main and only object with 
lost of them. If one wants to speak to the pastor, he 
lUst "come to the chancel at the front of the 

A Third One 

Is this a church? It is on Main Street nearer the 

eart of a great city than either of the others. It is 

large very plain brick structure, high above which 

xtends a large cross, I should say 15x 20 feet. Out- 

,de and inside it might be either a pattern or a 

Dpy of the "Billy" Sunday Tabernacle at Winona 

;,ake. The floor is uncarpented. Great steel girders 

loss each other in the open space above us where 

;e sit not on cushioned pews but opera chairs. The 

'opacity is in the thousands and it is not unusual 

) see it "well filled". Gypsy Smith — the older one — 

; in the pulpit with the pastor and a small, nervous 

3II0W is waving his hands around and aloft as he 

ads the singing of the choir and audience, yelling 

ow and then, "now the choir alone," "now the audi- 

ice," "now this verse or that," all the time rousing 

le emotions of the people whom he leads. There are 

irayers and testimonies and other variations as the 

•!rvice proceeds. The choir sings a hymn-anthem 

uch easier than the paid choir in the other church. 

ihere are elaborate introductions and much easy in- 

i>rmality — urgings to "sing out" to testify, to quote 

:ripture verses, to "come again" to the next service 

r each night except Saturday and especially, to "do 

!)ur best" in the offering for the expenses of the 

evangelist and the other heavy outlay for advertis- 

Then the sermon. It is different. It is free-and- 
easy in the method of its presentation. Anecdotes 
that cause a titter to go through the audience ; illus- 
trations that are intended to stir the emotions, the 
appeal that this may be the last sermon one will 
hear or only two or three and then the pi'eacher 
must answer another call; all clearly to stir deeply 
the emotions of the people of the audience. It is 
different, indeed, from the two preceding. 


I do not intend to say which is better. How could 
one? but one does have to think of the lowly Naza- 
rene born in a stable, cradled in a manger, whose 
life was so plain, simple and yet, suave and digni- 
fied ; not unemotional, but even tempered in the face 
of trials, perplexing situations, with "nowhere to 
lay his head" with only a mountain, a plain or a 
boat for His pulpit — one needs to pause and think, 
it seems to me, before he attempts to plan a service 
and "stand in the holy place" between God and man. 

Moreover, it does seem to me that the officials of 
a church as well as the pastor should give serious 
heed to the "form of service" and especially to see 
that all services should be devotional, sacred, digni- 
fied, calm and surely not boisterous. It is the Lord 
of heaven who commanded : "Be still and know that 
I am God." 

Finally, I want to say that I received inspiration 
in each of these three services. I met God in each of 
them because I went to meet Him, commune with 
Him and I'eceive "grace for the time of need". There 
are many types of religious and emotional beings. 
It may be that more than one form of service is help- 
ful to us humans. Withal, it is not the form but the 
substance that brings the blessing. "Man looks on 
the outward appearance but God looketh upon the 
heart," is God's own revelation. If we go to a service 
to criticise and condemn, we may be sure that our 
forbearing Lord will not meet us there ; meeting God 
in a service is all that matters, after all. He comes 
for "two or three" that come in His name. Who can 
rightfully say that He did not find "two or three" 
in either of these places? Not I. 

A bit slow at the first, soon the time is eagerly 
embraced as the most wonderful cures from all sorts 
of diseases are reported. The seriously sick, the men- 
tally depressed, the devil hindered testify of the 
wonderful healing they have found in this religion 
"discovered" quite late in the history of the world. 
It was a beautiful service, dignified, calm, quiet. 

A good oldfashioned Dunker wondered why it was 
necessaray for some woman to "discover" the power 
of God which Brethren had preached, practiced and 
experienced for more than one hundred and fifty 


The Brethren Evangelist 

years preceding. If they could have learned some- 
thing- about healing from God from us, perhaps we 
can learn something from them about a beautiful 
and well-ordered service. The testimonies were in- 



"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of 
Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with 
the affairs if this life; that he may please him who hath 
chosen him to be a soldier." 2 Timothy 2:3, 4. 

As St. Paul wrote, or dictated, his letter to Timothy, terms 
of military connotation several times found their way into 
his expression of ideas, very probably because he was in 
prison at the time under guard of Roman soldiers. He ob- 
served their armor, weapons, and manner of life, and found 
therein illustrations and comparisons applicable to the Chris- 
tian and his life. 

Let us give attention to a few places where the Apostle 
uses some such terms apart from direct statement of mili- 
tary activity. In 1:6 he tells Timothy to "stir up the gift of 
God, which is in thee." Here is a picture of the soldier of 
long ago scraping aside the ashes of his camp fire to uncover 
the embers and fanning into heat and flame the sparks he 
finds there. In 1:8, 2:3, 2:9 and 4:.5 he says, "be partaker 
of afflictions," "endure hardness," "suffer trouble," and 
"endure afflictions," according to the King James Version of 
the Scriptures. The original word was used in a military 
sense by such ancient writers as Thucidides, Polybius and 
Josephus. In 2:10, 12 we find the words "endure" and "suf- 
fer", which means to remain, not to recede or flee, as a 
soldier under attack. 

In our text Paul definitely mentions the soldier and war, 
but making a spiritual application when he speaks of "a 
good soldier of Jesus Christ." His exhortation in 1 Timothy 
1:18 also adds to our conviction that Paul had in mind 
spiritual matters instead of carnal warfare, because there 
he says, "This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, ac- 
cording to the prophecies which went before on thee, that 
thou by them mightest war a good warfare." 

Therefore, we may be certain that the Christian life is a 
military service and the Christian is a soldier. The enemy 
against whom we strive is described in 2 Corinthians 10:.'3 
as "Imaginations (theoretic subtleties or argumentations), 
and every high thing- that exalteth itself against the knowl- 
edge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to 
the obedience of Christ." And again in Ephesians 6:12, "We 
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against jirincipalities, 
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this 
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Our 
Commander is the Lord Jesus Christ who is called the "Cap- 
tain of our salvation" (Hebrews 2:10). The weapons with 
which we fight are listed in Ephesians 6 as the girdle of 
truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals or shoes 
of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of 
salvation and the "sword of the Sjiirit, which is the Word 
of God." "Quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two- 
edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul 

and spirit . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and 
intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12. The crown for which 
we strive is the crown of victory. 

Military service involves self-sacrifice, endurance, vigv 
lance, loyalty. (Plummer. ) Tertullian wrote: "Even in peace 
soldiers leai-n betimes to suffer warfare by toil and discom- 
forts, by marching in arms, running over the drill ground 
working at trench-making, constructing the tortoise, till the 
sweat runs again. In like manner, O ye blessed ones, account 
whatever is hard in your lot as discipline of the powers ol 
your mind and body. Ye are about to enter for the gooc 
fight, in which the living God gives the prizes, and the Hol> 
Spirit prepares the combatants, and the crown is the eter- 
nal prize of an angel's nature, citizenship in heaven, giorj 
for ever and ever. Therefoie, your Trainer Jesus Christ has 
seen good to separate you from a state of fieedom foi 
rougher treatment, that power may be made strong in you.' 

The soldier is wholly devoted to his profession, and his 
term is spent either in warfare or in preparation for it. 
He abandons all other occupations: they would interfere with 
his efficiency and with his prospects for promotion. So the 
Christian soldier, if he is to render good sei-vice, must not be 
entangled with worldly affairs; not that he can ignore them 
or neglect them; but he must guard against their interfer- 
ing with the obedience he owes to his heavenly Commander 
Those who will war a good warfare must sit loose to this 
world, that they may please Him who has chosen them to be 



Rev. Floyd Sibert 

The future is dark with foreboding'. The world is in a state 
of chaotic change. The future is uncertain. Resources are 
being- conscripted to meet an unprecedented emergency. What 
part shall education jilay in the future? 

Education of the past has been the determining- factor in 
the destiny of men and nations. Education of yesterday de- 
termined what we should be today. Education today -will 
determine our destiny for tomorrow. 

Education of the wrong kind, is responsible for the present 
bloody world conflict. Men, with minds clouded by ancient 
mysticism, and hearts filled with hatred, determined to set 
the world aright. There was method in their madness. Thein 
first move was to incrcease the birth rate. Their second was 
to subject the nev.'-born race to a rigorous system of educa- 
tion. It was a peculiar, but effective system. It ruled out the 
possibility of Divine sovereignty and placed it in the hands 
of man. It recognized but one law of life, the sui-vival of the 
fittest. It glorified the art of killing and placed a halo on 
the head of the dying conqueror. The result was a new gen- 
eration of mighty warriors, whose battle cry was, "To the 
conqueror belongs the spoil." The hardest fighters of this 
war are hard fighters because they are educated fighters. 
This peculiar type of education has moved a world of human- 
ity to the brink of total destruction. No man can forsee the 

One thing is definitely certain. If humanity is to emerge 
from the bloody pit into which it has fallen it will do so 
through a process of constructive education. This education ' 
must be based upon something higher than man. The end 
of human education apart from God is destruction. Nothing 
short of Christian education will do, for it must have tre- 
mendous lifting power. The task confronting Christian edu- 

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tion is enormous, but possible. For the past twenty years 
ucation has been slashing its moorings from the infinite 
id fastening them to humanism. The result is present dis- 
ter. The moorings have held but the anchor has slipped, 
e are pounding the reef. 

What part shall education play in the future? We answer 
3St emphatically EVERY PART. A ChrM-centered edu- 
tion will lift the world out of the whii'lpool of death. "And 
if I be lifted up, will draw all men." A man-centered edu- 
tion will suck the human race under the swelling tide. 

Small colleges, like small ships, are more maneuverable. 
Mosquito boats have demonstrated their worth in this war. 
They may even determine the course of victory. Likewise, 
we must recogTiize the worth of the small Christian college. 
In it we must center our hope for future reconstruction. We 
shall give to every patriotic cause for the duration of the 
war. Let us not forget the small Christian college. We shall 
need it. Surely it shall be the lighthouse to guide our na- 
tion out of the darkness of war into the haven of peace. 
Pastor First Brethren Church, Pittsburgh, Pa. 





The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 

t. I.. MILLER 



General Secretary 


Dr. L. E. Lindower 

"We have urged attendance at camp for the first 
lile and inspired a continuation of camp spirit into 
le local church as a second mile, and now it is 
irough organized renewal of camp contacts that the 
aified spirit is kept through the year. Our young 
3ople are social minded. One week of the year is not 
•equent enough to hold securely the Christian con- 
icts that so readily spring up in camp. They need to 
mverse, plan pray and study with others to arouse 
lew the emotions, stimulate again the mind, renew 
^solutions and reconsecrate their lives in Christian 
jrvice. The world ever has something new to chal- 
nge the wits of youth, something new to entertain 
lem. If we could keep them actively serving Christ 
e must keep before them a challenging program. 

"Camp Clubs" 

"Some churches and communities in their zeal to 
u'ward the camp spirit and to continue the ideals 
I camp organize camp clubs. There are really three 
;asons back of this idea : — 

"1. Carrying out projects of service- 

"2. Continuing fellowship of camp groups. 

"3. Increase attendance at next camp. 

"These purposes are admirable enough but we 
aestion the method of achieving them. Clubs such 
3 these often become a sort of inner circle within 
16 young people exclusive of others. The carrying 
\ of camp fellowship is good but not to the ex- 
;nt of cliques .... It is better for camp trained young 
Bople to lose themselves in the service of the 
lurch than to set themselves apart as a sort of ap- 
Mnted aristocracy. . 

"It is far better for trained young people to get 
[igether forming a nucleus for a wider fellowship, 

making a place for anyone who cares to enter in. 
They should need no separate organization- The 
camp young i^eople could merely take the initiative to 
get all churcli young people together for fun, fellow- 
ship and service, meeting as a regular young people's 

"National Conference Rally" 

"We would suggest that a committee composed of 
Brethren with camp experience, be appointed to ar- 
range for young people's organizations at conference. 
This committee would not work in opposition to, but 
in cooperation with, the National Conference Board. 
All young people of the church would be invited to 
participate but camp leaders from the various dis- 
tricts would lead in arranging entertainment. The 
group would only serve as a fellowship group, not 
separating from the rest of the conference except 
for early morning hikes, meals, I'ecreation, and a late 
fireside after all the meetings are over. 

"Winter Conference." 

"Increasingly popular is the idea of a mid-year 
young people's camp or conference- It allows district 
and national camp leaders to contact prospects in 
the middle of the winter and interest them in future 
camps. In a number of places conferences have been 
conducted for two or three days during Thanksgiving 
or Christmas vacation. The conference often serves 
as a 'pep-er up-er' for those trying to carry projects 
through the winter. It acts as a reunion of campers 
who haven't seen each other since the summer camp. 
It is an excellent place to begin plans for next sum- 
mer's camp and initiate projects for the camp. With 
the coming of winter and rush of school duties young 
people often experience a spiritual slump, and the 
summer camp should point toward the mid-year con- 
ference and lay plans for it. This conference should 
be held in a church centrally located and convenient- 
ly arranged with class rooms, dining room, recre- 
ation hall, and chapel. It is well to insist upon sum- 
mer campers as they leave camp to bring a new mem- 
ber to the winter conference that new prospects may 
be inspired for summer camps- 


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. . . . " 'Christ does not draw nearer unto us in our 
summer camp, but our camp draws us nearer unto 
Christ.' " 

" 'Launch out into the deep, 

And let down your nets 

For a draught,' 

Thus spoke One 

Many years ago 

To some men gathered together 

On the lake shore. 


(In 110 sense is tlie follotving meant to be obitual; nor in 
too great a degree an overture; it is but reminiscent of glad 
iirid sad experiences with a dear friend so soon in youth 

Though I would not an act of God impugn, 
I wonder why He took my friend so soon ; 

And left me- 

oh no, not to take his place: 
To yearn for him, but never see his face. 

"It is the 'Galilee Service,' 
The closing meeting 
Of the Institute. 
It is just growing dusk. 
All is quiet; 
One of the delegates 
Has just finished singing 
'I would be true,' 
In sweet alto 
With two violins 
Softly accompanying her. 
While we sat with bowed heads 
As she sang our prayer. 

"And now another 
Is speaking, quietly but earnestly, 
Telling us 
How we, too. 
Like the disciples of old. 
Should 'Launch out into the deep' 
And let down our nets 
For a draught. 

"The message is finished, 
It is now nearly dark. 

'Day is done, gone the sun 

From the lake. 

From the hill, 

From the sky, 

All is well, safely rest, 

God is nigh.' " 

(This is the practical and beautiful closing chapter 
of the graduate thesis presented to the faculty of 
the Ashland Theological Seminary, By Vernon D. 
(h-isso, for his graduation in June, 1940. Camp lead- 
ers and leading camp young people should read the 
entire thesis. Mimeograph copies may be obtained 
from the National Sunday School Association for 
fifty cents per copy.) 

Some people have no use for the church except 
when they want to use it. . . . 

Comforting preaching is not always good preach- 

I knew not then, 1 might yet understand 
Why death should lay a cold and ruthless hand 

Upon a life so fair in tender bloom. 

And leave no animation in the tomb. ^ 

I visit him in spirit and recall 

How we last roamed the woodland in the fall : 

We worked and played, we laughed and cried together; 
He seemed more fit than I for rugged weather . 

Now he is gone , I'll hear his songs no more; 

Nor see his smile as I did just before 


When he looked up at me and said "Goodbye! 

Somehow , I seem to know I soon shall die!" 

I stood aghast in tears, and wept awhile; 

Then asked him how (in death) he thus could smile . . 

He drew me close with strangely strengthened hands, 
And whispered , "I greet smiles from fairer lands." 

Then as his hands fell limply by his side, 
His kind blue eyes, appealing, open wide. 

He whispered , "I hear music's sweetest sound, 

And almost noiseless footfalls near around . 

And there are wings more white than snow in air; 
And faces strangely bright with smiles more rare 

Than any earth can ever know or keep." 

Then with an angel smile he fell asleep . . . 

Now in my righteous friend I think I see 
Why God took him instead of taking me: 

He was so good ... He spoke of things above; 
While I talked of the earth and carnal love. 

His wisdom was supernal for his years! 

.And he was brave ; but not too brave for tears. 

H. A. Gossard. 

It is always so much easier to see the other man's duty thanl 
it is to do our own ... 

One way to make a radical conservative is to make him re-' 
sponsible. . . 

Some people pray, "Thy Kingdom come on earth" and theii' 
fight against the answer to their o\\ti prayers . . . 

The most "unspiritual" preacher will never be able to keep 
any layman from being evangelistic if that layman has th« 
burden of the unconverted upon his heart. . . 

ebruary 28, 1942 


Our Children's Department 


;ar Childi-en : 

Would you like to hear more about the baby whom the 
■incess saved? For three or four years Amram and Jochebed 
pt their little boy, and what happy years they must have 
en. What merry romps Aaron had with his dear little 
other, and what sweet songs Miriam sang to him. 

As he grew older, his mother told him beautiful stories of 
e dear Heavenly Father, and of all His goodness. She told 
m of Abraham whom God called to leave his home, of Isaac 
id his beautiful wife Rebecca, and of Jacob, who dreamed 
the ladder that went up to heaven. Then she told him of 
)seph, who was brought to Egypt and sold for a slave, but 
ho afterwards became a great ruler, and of the happy 
me when he sent for his father and brothers, and the king 
as so good to them. But now everything was different — 
e people had to work for the Egyptians, and the king who 
iw ruled over the country was very cruel to them. 

It must have made the little boy sad to see how weary his 
!ar father was when he came home from his hard day's 
ork, I am sure he would run to him, and putting his loving 
;tle arms about his neck, try to make him forget all his 

As she put him to bed, his dear mother would teach her 
;tle son to fold his hands and pray to the dear heavenly 
ather, asking Him to help them and to take good care of 
lem. Then she would tell him of the lovely princess who had 
len so good to him, and to whose beautiful palace he would 
i taken some day. The princess came sometimes to see him, 
id I know it made her feel happy to find that he was not 
ily as beautiful as he had been when he was a baby, but 
lat he was very dear and good. 

At last she told Jochebed to bring him to her palace. Oh, 
)w hard it must have been for his dear mother to let him 
)! His father wept, as he kissed him goodbye. Miriam and 
aron, also, cried, while his mother held him close, as she 
iked God to keep him safe from all harm. 

When he was brought to the palace, the princess took him 
ir her own little boy, and she gave him a new name. What 
) you suppose she called him? Can you tell me where she 
id found him? Yes, in the water. So she named him Moses, 
hich means drawn, or taken out of the water. 

Little Moses found his new home very different from his 
d one. That was a poor little mud hut, while this was a 
.rge and beautiful palace. There he had his dear mother 
nd his sister to care for him, and his little brother to play 
ith, while here he had many servants who were quick to do 
.'erything for him. But though the princess was very kind 
nd even tlie great king also, was good to him, I think he 
Eten missed his own dear home. 

He now rode in a beautiful chariot, and the people would 
ow low to him, as they did to the princess, or he would sail 

with her in a wonderful golden boat on the beautiful river, 
while lovely music was played on harps and flutes and gui- 
tars. He was such a beautiful boy that everyone turned to 
look at him as he passed and, best of all, he was gentle and 
loving, and tried hard to please the princess, as he had tried 
to please his father and mother. 

He did not play all of the time, for he had many things 
to learn. The princess wanted his to gi-ow up wise and brave, 
so she sent for learned men to teach him. What are your 
brothers and sisters taught in school? Yes, to read and to 
write. Moses learned these same things, only the books in 
Egypt were very different from ours and the writing too 
was strange. The paper was made from bulrushes, the very 
same plant of which Moses' mother made his little cradle 
boat, and on this paper the Egyptians would make queer 
little pictures which would tell them what they wanted to say. 
So Moses was taught to read and to draw the little pictures. 

He learned to count, too, just as your brothers and sisters 
do. In those days the Egyptians knew a great deal about the 
sun, moon and stars, and of these, also Moses learned. He 
loved music and I know he learned to sing. He learned how to 
build the beautiful buildings, and to make lovely vases. 

When he was tired from studying, Moses would go out and 
play, just as you boys and girls do. Perhaps he went hunting 
and fishing. When he grew older he learned to be a brave 
soldier. Once when the enemies came to fight the Egyptians, 
the king sent Moses at the head of his soldiers to drive 
them away. He was so brave and strong that when he fought 
them they were driven back to their country. 

The princess was very proud of him and was glad that 
she had taken him from the river and had made him her son. 

But all this time, though the Egyptians did not worship 
God, Moses never forgot the dear Heavenly Father. He used 
always to pray to Him and to try to do just what would 
please Him. With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic Editor 

Topic for March 1, 19^2 


Scripture Ephesians 4:20-32 

For the Leruler 

Tonight we are beginning a series of discussions on "Per- 
sonal Christian Living." Certainly in the present year we 
must be more certain and positive that we are living as Christ 
has taught us to live. Christ, besides being our Personal 
Savior is also our Supreme Example. We are to follow His 
teachings of the principles of Christian living. If we fail to 
live by the conduct rules which He has given us in His Word, 
then we cannot claim to be worthy of the name "Christian". 
To be able to live as Christ wants us to live we must first 
of all be committed to Him. It is impossible to live a Chris- 
tian life apart from being in the center of the will of Christ. 
What it means to be committed to Christ is a subject which 
will merit a close study on the part of every Christian 


NEW CREATURES. Through exercise of the marvelous 
act of salvation we become entirely new creatures. We are 
not .just our old sinful nature made over, but are made new 
creatures. We have become partakers of the divine nature 
and life of Christ. Christ liveth in us. Whereas before, Satan 
controlled and mastered our life, now Christ is the One we 
have chosen to govern and rule in our hearts. 

(How then can professed Christians willingly walk into 

sins and worldly living.) 

One thing we dare not overlook is that although we are 
new creatures spiritually, we are still living in this sinful, 
natural body of flesh. After becoming Christians we are still 
subject to the same mistakes, sins, lusts, and temptations as 
we were before. If we attempt to overcome these temptations 
ourselves we soon find ourselves in a more miserable state 
than before. 

Thus the reason for our commitment to Christ. By giving 
ourselves over to Him and His keeping, and by striving to 
walk daily with Christ, we will find ourselves in possession of 
power which can both keep us and enable us to work faith- 
fully for Christ. 

CHRIST REQUIRES ALL. Also, the Christian life is 
"full commitment to Christ." In our job or occupation we are 
I'equired to give our body, soul and spirit, to our employer 
for the hours which we are working. With Christ, our sei-vice 
and life must be given to Him. We cannot profess to serve 
Christ and then devote hours of our time reading cheap 
novels, love stories, seeing cheap movies, dancing, cards, 
listening to immoral stories or telling them. 

In all things we should seek to glorify Christ. If we cannot 
bi'ing gloi-y to Christ in whatever we are doing, then most 
cei'tainly that thing is sinful and wrong. 

Christ is not going to DEMAND all of our life. It is vol- 
untaiy with us. BUT, Christ REQUIRES all of our life 

if we are going to make a profession of living for Him. If 
we are willing to accept the salvation which He gave to us, 
then we should be willing to give our ALL to Him in living, 
service and worship. 

CHRIST-LIKE CONDUCT. After having put on the new 
man, which after God is created in righteousness and true 
holiness, we are taught to avoid certain evil practices. (That 
is, things and deeds in which the unregenerate continually 
engage.) One of the reasons that churches and pastors are 
having a difficult time prohibiting and closing beer halls, 
dance halls, etc., is that so many of professed Christians and 
church members patronize these places that the message of 
the pastor and Church is made non-effective. 

As being committed to Christ, we must avoid lying, anger, 
stealing and kindred things, and to give no place to the Devil. 
In so doing we will stand a reasonable chance of living a 
Christ-committed life. Paul tells us the best way to lead a 
healthful Christian life is to engage in wholesome and Chris- 
tian activities, trusting in Christ for strength. 

BEING COMMITTED TO CHRIST. There will be joy for 
the believer committed to Christ. By being continually infilled 
with the Spirit, our days will be full of optimism, hope and 
courage. We will want to sei-ve Christ. We will want to keep 
Him as King of our hearts. We are told to put away all bit- 
terness, wrath, anger, clamour, malice and evil speaking. 
We well know that the load lifted from the heart when these 
things are absent. We are to grieve not the Spirit, because 
through Him we are "sealed unto the day of redemption." 
Through being committed to Christ we are to be kind one to 
another, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another as God 
through Christ has forgiven us. Because we owe it to Christ, 
we should one and all this hour commit ourselves completely 
into His care, keeping and service. 

Jesus calls us, o'er the tumult 

Of our life's wild restless sea. 
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth. 

Saying, "Christian, follow Me." 

Jesus calls us from the worship 
Of the vain world's golden store. 

From each idol that would keep us. 
Saying, "Christian, love Me more." 


Send your offerings as follows : 
MISSIONARY— (Both Home and Foreign to: 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 
324 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio. 

WHITE GIFT ( Christmas Offering for the work o1 
the National Sunday School Association) to: 
Dr. L. E. Lindower, Treasurer, 
520 Sama)'itan Avenue, j 

Ashland, Ohio. 

The Brethren Publishing Company, 
524 College Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio. 

ebruary 28, 1942 


ENEVOLENT OFFERING (Brethren Home and 
Superannuated Ministers' Fund) to: 

Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer, 

909 College Boulevard, 

Ashland, Ohio. 

DUCATIONAL OFFERING (Ashland College and 
Seminary) to: 

Ashland College, 

Ashland, Ohio. 
It is important that these offerings be sent to the 
roper boards. Often these offerings are sent to the 
rong Boards with no designation as to its proper 
jstination. This causes confusion. We suggest that 
le treasuiers of the various organizations and 
lurches which setid in these offerings CLIP THIS 

We deem it so worth while that this be called to 
)ur attention that we are devoting this space in The 
vangelist for that purpose. 

If the suggestions are carefully observed you will 
;ceive your proper credit from each Board. This is 

If you know that your treasurer does not receive 
he Evangelist (and this might be possible) will 
3U kindly clip this out and give it to him? You will 
i doing both your treasurer and your church a good 

Benevolent Offering Report 


(From August 1st to January 31st.) 

Ikhart, Indiana: 

Altruist S. S. Class $10.00 

Loyal Women's Class '. 12.00 

Total $ 22.00 

oann, Indiana: 

True Blue S. S. Class 5.00 

mithviile, Ohio 10.00 

agerstown, Maryland : 

Mrs. Clarence Hartle 2.00 

shland, Ohio: 

Professor Charles Anspach 5.00 

Rev. Smith Rose 5.00 

Mrs. Marshal Mclntire 1.00 

Total 11.00 

niontown Second, Penn'a.: 

Friendly Bible Class 5.00 

Rev. 1 )yoll Belote 2.00 

A Friend 1.00 

Total 8.00 

forth Georgetown, Ohio: 

Miss Carrie Stoffer 2.00 

I'yan, Ohio: 

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Erlste:i 2:3.00 

leyersdale, Penn'a.: 

W. M. S 15.00 

Oakland, Md.: 

H. C. Hostettler ,5.00 

Manteca, Calif.: 

S. S. (Birthday Offering) 16.67 

Turlock, Calif 100.00 

Jones Mills, Penn'a.: 

W. M. S 5.05 

South Bend, Indiana 55.71 

Palestine, W. Va. : 

Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Showalter 5.00 

Louisville, Ohio 13.00 

National W. M. S 840.00 

Gifts received since February first vi'ill be reported with 
the regular February offerings. 

Lets see how many churches will reach .$100 and over? 
Already one is in that list. If the rest of the churches do as 
well as Turlock according to membership, the offei-ing will 
prove a large one. L. V. King, Treas. 

^- Haib to IS^Ht -I- 

THOMPSON — George W. Thompson, aged 89 years, passed 
to the other life in Bui-lington, Indiana, on January 31, 1942. 
The funeral service was in charge of Rev. Schroyer, assisted 
by the undersigned, on Monday, February 2nd. The deceased 
was a member of the Brethi-en Church. Burial was made in 
the Burlington Cemetery. W. R. Deeter. 

DISINGER— Mrs. Ora Disinger, mother of Earl Disinger 
of the Cambria, Indiana, church, jiassed away on January 
23, 1942 at the Lafayette Home Hospital. Her funeral service 
was held at her home town Methodist Church in Moran, on 
Sunday afternoon, January 25th. A large concourse of neigh- 
bors and friends gathered for the service. This was the first 
funeral service held in this new building and peojile stood 
in the rear and along the sides and even in the vestibule and 
some in the basement rooms. The service was in charge of 
the undersigned. Burial was in Killmore Cemetery. 

W. R. Deeter. 

HILL — Clarence Hill, aged 74, of Fremont, Ohio, passed 
away at his home on Sunday, February 8, 1942, following an 
illness of three weeks. 

Mr. Hill was born in Jackson Townshi)!, Sandusky County, 
Ohio, February 25, 1867, the son of the late Abraham and 
Caroline Stig-er Hill. He was united in marriage to Mary 
Bork of Old Fort, Ohio, September 25, 1889. 

Surviving are the wife, four sons, Verne F., of Bowling 
Green; Lester, of Fremont; Ralph B., -if the U. S. Navy, 
aboard the Mt. Vernon; and Donald C, of Fremont; four 
daughters, Mrs. Harry Kinsey, of Wells, Kan.; Mrs. Lindell 
Miller of Mansfield; Mrs. William Fellers, of Fremont, and 
Mrs. James Garber, of Perrysville, 0.; 18 grandchildren; one 
great-grandchild and one brother, James E. Hill, of Race- 
land, La. 

A son, Claude, died in Dayton two years ago, and four 
brothers and three sisters are also deceased. 

Funeral services were conducted at the First Brethren 
Church of Fremont on Wednesday, February 11th, by the 
undersigned. . Clarence S. Fairbanks. 


The Brethren EvangeHst 

ANSPACH— Philip N. Anspach, native of Ballville Town- 
ship, near Fremont, Ohio, passed from this life on Thursday, 
February 5, 1942, in his home in Findlay, Ohio, followinK 
an illness of two months. 

Mr. Anspach was born July V.i, 1862, son of the late Philip 
and Sarah Anspach. He was 79 years of age at the time of 
his death. 

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Charles L. and 
Russell and James, and one daughter, Phyllis. 

Funeral services were conducted in the First Brethren 
Church of Fremont, Ohio, on Saturday, February 7th, with 
the undersigned in charge of the services. 

Clarence S. Fairbanks. 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 


The following is quoted from Elkhart's monthly paper, 
"Paper and Ink." The following financial report will be of 
interest to the general membership of the b)'otherhood. The 
following report was made by Paul LaDow, Chairman of 
the Finance Committee: 

"On February 9, 1941, our new House of Worship was ded- 
icated to our God and for His service. On that day several 
organizations in our church pledged themselves to help pay 
for the building, that is, as you understand, the second unit. 
The Finance Committee thought you would like to know just 
how you stand with i-eference to your pledges, and since 
Brother Herman Andersen keeps a very good record of all 
moneys that pass through our treasury, we were able to get 
the figures up to date. We pass them along to you. 

On February 9, 1941, we had a loan of $22,000 payable to 
the First National Bank in five years, with interest at five 
per cent. On April 13, 1941, we made our first jjayment and 
have made three more payments since then for a total of 
$6,000 on the principal, and interest of $992.20, making a 
grand total of $6,992.20 for the first year, which leaves a 
balance due on the loan of $16,000 with four years in which 
to pay it. 

"The members of the Finance Comimttee commend you 
highly and thank you for what you have done. Our hope and 
prayer is that you do as well or better in the coming year." 

The following item will also be of interest to the brother- 
hood. It is also quoted: 

"Our beloved Bible School superintendent. Brother Harry 
Gilbert, who has been acting as lay pastor for the Brighton 
Brethren Church, resigned his superintendency just recently. 
To fill the vacancy. Brother Harold Plank was elected su- 
perintendent in the January Business meeting. Then Harold 
UTiybrew was removed from his position as trea.surer and 
elected assistant superintendent and Homer Robbins was 
elected treasurer. 

"The congregation voted to call Brother Gilbert to enter 
the Gospel ministry. On the afternoon of February 1 he will 
appear before the Indiana District Ministerial Examining 
Board ; and later arrangements will be made for ordination. 
We lift our prayers and thanksgivings for him and the new 
officers of our Bible School." 


We recently closed a two weeks revival here in Akrc 
This is the third revival we have conducted for the chui. 
in two years. Akron has two churches other than the Br^ 
ren — Methodist and Saints. We had quite a group that ai 
tended our meetings every night. 

We depaited a little from the usual course of evangelistic 
routine. We decided that perhaps a course of doctrinal teach- 
ing might be a good thing. It was enlightening to see the 
reaction to doctrinal teaching, and by the way, much was 
distinctive Brethren teaching. Members of the other churches 
came to hear the Whole Gospel, as we termed it. They were 
delighted, they said. At least they came again. 

The second week of the meeting was during the sub-zero 
weather. Many could not drive their cars and yet we had 
good attendance. The extreme cold prevented delegations 
from other churches outside of Akron from attending. The 
Akron membership attended revivals at other places — at 
Dutchtown, Denver and Corinth, but the severe weather pre- 
vented these churches from making the return call. 

On January 18th we went to North Manchester for bap- 
tism. Eight were baptized. Most of them were adults and < 
heads of families. 

The Brethren Church has a good outlook at Akron. The ' 
cooperative plan here works admirably. Dr. Charles Bame-- 
and Elder Edward Kintner drafted a workable plan that I 
think might be used by other communities where neithei 
church is very strong numerically. 

We are planning to make some improvements on the church I 
in the near future. 

W. E. Overholtzer, Pastor. 


We closed on Jan. 18th, a two weeks series of Evangelistic i 
Services in which our Evangelist was Rev. C. C. Grisso, who* 
gave us good Gospel messages and in a number of the services 
in which he used a large chart our hearts were blessed withi 
Dispensational Teaching. We were glad for this type of teach-" 
ing, for, in spite of the fact that for the last forty of fifty; 
years there has been much of Dispensational Teaching, thei 
writer still finds that there are many people who know little^ 
or nothing of Dispensational Truth. The first week of our; 
meetings the temperature took a seat on the zero and seemedi 
utterly unable to rise from its seat, however it did fall fromi 
its seat several times. Moderation of the temperature andi 
open weather helped the last week and attendance becamei 
good, also interest. Brother Grisso's strong preaching begani 
to take effect. He preached the Gospel, and the Gospel is stilli 
"the power of God unto salvation". Rom. 1:16. Three youngi 
ladies made profession of their faith in the Lord Jesus, and 
the parents of one of them promised to get their letters and 
come into the church. Two have been baptized and three await 
another time for baptism because they were ill at the time the 
others were baptized. A letter was received during these 
meetings which had been requested some time before the 
meetings began and there are three others who are to be 
added to the membership of our church. The Pastor and the 
congregation were well pleased with the meetings and the 
congregation showed their pleasure in the generous offering 
given to Brother Grisso. He held a good series of meetings ir 
our church; he can do the same in yours. 

Yours looking unto Jesus, Rev. P. M. Naff. 

Bretliren Evanpllst 

Vol. XLIV, No. 9 




March 1, 1942 


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A help for today -- 

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THE BULLETIN of the Loree, Indiana, Brethren Church, 
issue of March 1st, carries the following: 

"March is Loyalty and Go-to-church Month in this church. 
We ask that we center our efforts to make this a great month 
of victory for Christ and the Church. There are five Sundays 
in the month, and we should have an attendance of no less 
than 750 for these five Sundays. Today there comes a call for 
an 'All Out' from our country. Our great Commander is call- 
ing for an 'all out' on the part of His Church. Let us prove 
our loyalty to Him by making an honest effort to be present 
at every service during the month." 

We are looking for a report of the "ALL OUT" month for 
the Loree Church. Brother C. C. Grisso is pastor there. 

March 1st carries the program of dedication for the remodel- 
ing of the church. The full account appears in the "Among 
the Churches" reports in this issue. 

We congratulate the Masontown brethren on their accom- 
plishment. This speaks well for the aggressive spirit that is 
found in the churches of the Pennsylvania District. Brother 
Freeman Ankrum pastors this people. 

morning. We quote: "We are still in our meetings. Brother 
S. M. Whetstone is giving us fine messages. But we are handi- 
capped in every way. The present defense program finds many 
of our men working at night so they cannot get to the serv- 
ices. This is also true of the Sunday services." 

But even with these handicaps the work of the Lord goes on 
and we are sure that the Bryan Church will have a good meet- 

A PERSONAL WORK CLASS, sponsored by the Woman's 
Missionary Society of the North Vandergrift Church, is meet- 
ing on Wednesday evenings with Mrs. Elmer Keck, wife of 
the genial pastor, acting as the teacher. 

over the top" in their Publication Day Offering. That is fine. 
How about your church ? Did it also go over the top ? And 
after all, is it not a great thing to set a goal and then go over J 
the top? 

— - OAKVILLE, INDIANA. The bulletin announces a Pre- 
Easter meeting from March 29 to April 5. Brother S. M. 

Interesting Items 2 Whetstone will be in charge. We note also that the date of j 

Editorial F. C. V 3 their Spring Communion is set for April 6th. Why not drop] 

The Supreme Work of the Church— Rev. J. G. Dodds 4 in on them ? 

An Address to Ministers ( Conclusion )-Dr. I. D. Bowman . 5 ^^ ^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^ Building | 

Ashland Sem,nary-Dr C. F. Yoder 6 ^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^.p^^ ^^^ gradually mounting. We trust that they 

The Guilt and Power of Sin- ^ ^^^^ ^,i„ j^^^^ ^^^^^^^ ^^^^.^ 

Rev. Harrie C. Funderburg i 

Success Through Organization — HZHIIIZZZZII^^^I^III^^IZZZIIIIZiZ^Z^^^Z^^ 

Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman 8 

Accreditation and Ashland College— A CORRECTION 

Mrs. Marie Lichty Shaver 9 

Lying Stones— Dr. R. F. Porte 10 ^"due fairness to Dr. Charles A. Bame, we wish to makel 

Why a Denominational College is not Self Supporting ^^'^ correction relative to his fine article in the last issue, on 

— Dr Charles L Anspach 11 ^"^ subject, "I Went to Church." Through some error the last] 

Five Minute Miniatures-Rev. D. B.' Flora' '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. '. '. .' .' .' .' .' 12 ^wo paragraphs of the article are out of place. They should 

C E Topic for Young People 12 follow the closing paragraph on page 8, finishing the thought 

For Your Meditation 14 "^ '"^^ F'''**^ °"^" N°^^' ^^^'^ ^^e article again and put thej 

Among the Churches ir> ^"'^''^ paragraphs in their proper place and you will find it comH 

Congratulations ■.'.■.■.■. '. '. ' ■.■.■.■.■.■.■.'.'.■.■.'...■. U P'^tes the thought. 

Laid to Rest 16 We apologize to Brother Bame for this error. 



The little article which occupies the center of this 
page provokes much thought. What will be the char- 
acter of the "church of tomorrow" ? And, by the 
way, when is tomorrow? Is it just a day away, or 
is it in the dim, distant future ? Or is it to be applied 
to the church as it is conducted by the next genera- 
tion? Well, after all, does it matter much as far as 
the time element is concerned? 

When we think of church loyalties we are think- 
ing in terms, not of time, but of eternity. The church 
that our Lord established when He left this earth is, 
or should be, the same church that exists today. 
There is nothing about the church to change. Its 
foundation is and 
always has been Je- 
sus Christ, the im- 
mortal Son of God. 
There is no change 
in the emphasis that 
is to be laid on His 
commands as He 
left them to His 
church. There is no 
change in the life 
that the Christian 
must live. For the 
Christian faith is a 
changeless faith. It 
is under the leader- 
ship of a changeless 


Will it be a church characterized by loyalty to Christ — the kind of 
loyalty that springs from a new life, radiant and buoyant? 

Will it be a Church holding a clear grasp of the Christian gospel, 
having heard and received the Word of God ? 

Will it be a Church possessing an unextinguishable hope, serene 
and confident? 

Will it be a Church noted for an overflowing generosity, warm- 
hearted and cheerful ? 

Will it be a Church whose members are ready to play a responsible 
part in the life of the world — to acquit themselves like men and be 
strong ? 

Will it be a Church with a vision to match the breadth of con- 
tinents and span the seven seas ? And will it see beyond the years ? 

The Boards of our Church are doing their part. One of these — the 
Board of Christian Education — offers a well-balanced program for 
young people: educational materials and program suggestions for 
Sunday school societies and other organizations are provided; special 
emphases, including an annual observance of Young People's Day, 
are promoted; summer conferences are sponsored; guidance and coun- 
sel to youth organizations and their leaders, synods, presbyteries, and 
local churches are given. 

The question o f 
"What will the 
church be tomor- 
row?" is not a fool- 
ish one however. 
With the world in 
its present e v e r - 
changing front it is 

next to impossible to predict with any definite de- 
gree of faithfulness what is just around the corner. 

Is the ChHstian Loyal? 

The question is asked, "Will it be a church charac- 
terized by loyalty to Christ?" May we answer that 
question by saying that it cannot be a church in the 
true sense of the word unless it is "loyal to Christ". 

Now we are not disparaging the thought of the in- 
set. What is said there brings forth legitimate ques- 
tions. We need to think definitely about our atti- 
lude toward the church in this time. But the church 
should be set for "the defense of the Gospel" just 

as definitely as America is being set for the defense 
of the nation. 

This leads us to the thought found in the words 
of the sixth paragraph of our thought-provoker. 
Here it says, "Will it be a church with a vision to 
match the breadth of continents and span the seven 
seas? Will it see beyond the years?" Our answer 
is "yes" if the church keeps its missionary vision. 
It is the missionary urge that stretches the work of 
the church across the "seven seas" and makes it 
"see beyond the years". 

Boards and organizations mean little unless they 
work with this particular task in hand — to make 

Christ real in the 
world. Unless their 
vision is that of a 
crucified and risen 
Christ. Unless they 
are looking for His 
coming again. Un- 
less they work to- 
gether for the com- 
mon good. 

Can we measure 
up to the last para- 
graph in our inset? 
Are we doing all we 
can to provide for 
the spiritual needs 
of all classes of peo- 
ple; of all ages and 
races ; of rich and 
poor, of high and 
low? Are we? 

Down through the 
centuries have come 
the words of the 
Savior, "As the Fa- 
ther hath sent me, 
even so send I you." Sent to what? To spread His 
Gospel throughout the world. That is the supreme 
business of the church. The church of tomorrow 
must grasp the ideal of the church of yesterdays 
ago — when Jesus said, "I will b^iii'l my church and 
the gates of hell shall not prevail a^^ainst it." 

F. C. V. 

We have had a good deal to say about the freedom 
of the press in America, but if the freedom of the 
pulpit ever goes, then is democracy dead indeed. . . 

Rev. J. G. Dodds 

The Brethren Evangelisf 

The Supreme Work of the Church 

TEXT: John 1:41-42. — He findeth his own brother 
Simon, and saith unto him, "We have found the Messiah" 
(which is, being interpreted, Christ). He brought him to 
Jesus. Jesus looked upon him and said, "Thou art Simon 
the son of John: thou shalt he called Cephas" (which is by 
interpretation, Peter) . 

The Supreme work of the church is Evangelism. Not 
necessarily evangelistic meetings, but more especially 
personal evangelism. 

Every political party in the country formulates a polit- 
ical platform in their national convention, and then nomi- 
nates and places their candidate on the platform. They 
go before the people and urge election of their candidate to 
the highest office in the land, promising that the principles 
embodied in the planks of their platforms will be enacted 
into legislation and put into actual operation for the materi- 
al and temporal welfare of the people. And in every nation- 
al political platform there is one plank that is called "Tlie 
Paramount Issue," the supreme issue before the people. That 
paramount issue may be the "Tarif" the "League of 
Nations". "Farm Relief," "Law Enforcement," etc. 

There is a Gospel Platform. And on that platform God 
has placed His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ for the 
conquest of the world and for the rulership of mankind. 
The paramount issue of the Gospel platform is evangelism. 
The Church has a varied and important minstry for the 
spiritual and eternal welfare of the children of men, the 
children of God. But the Supreme Work of the Church is 



The first is the task of the Supreme Work. "He first 
findeth his own brother Simon." And the paramount issue 
of the Gospel, the Supreme task of the Church and the 
chief business of every true Christian, is personal evangel- 
ism ; is first to find his own brother. 

"The Son of Man is come to seek and save that which 
was lost." Luke 19:10. 

It is true that the Master spoke to the multitudes. In 
the synagogue, down by the sea-side, over yonder on the 
mountain-side, and in many places both indoors and out of 
doors the Master preached to the great crowds that follow- 
ed Him everywhere. They eagerly listened to the gi-acious 
words that fell from His lips. "The common people heard 
Him gladly." "Never man spake like this Man." 

But it is also true that Christ was a personal worker. He 
practiced personal evangelism. A close study of the life of 
Christ in the four Gospels will reveal the fact that Christ 
sought out, interviewed and brought many individuals to a 
saving knowledge of the Truth. 

One day He sought out an office holder sitting at the re- 
ceipt of custom, and after a brief interview with Him, Mat- 
thew became an ardent follower of the Christ. Another day 
He sought out a lost sheep of the house of Israel, and after 
a most heart-searching interview the woman at the well 
hastened back into the village and became a most enthusiast- 
ic follower of the Christ. 

On another occasion He invited Himself to the home o) 
a political grafter. And at the close of that private inter 
view, Zaccheus was not only willing to make restitution 
but was willing to give his time, treasure and talents ii 
the service of the Master. There are many other individua 
illustrations of personal evangelism by the Master. 

Just think of the wonderful day that Andrew spent witl 
the Master on invitation, and what a flaming evangelis' 
Andrew became for his Lord. "He first findeth his owi 
brother Simon." And then the very next day the Mastei 
went in search of Philip, and found him, and Philip immed 
lately became an ardent follower of the Lord. Philip goei 
immediately and finds his friend, Nathaneal. It was pri 
vate, personal evangelism. It was the method of the Master 
And He has left us an example that we should follow in Hii 

"It is the way the Master went. 
Should not the servant tread it still?" 

Personal evangelism was the method of the early dis 
ciples, Andrew and Philip, and those who came after them 
Matthew gave a dinner in his own house and invited i 
number of his former associates, "Publicans and sinners,' 
that they might be brought into personal contact with Jesui 
Christ in the privacy of his own home. (Matthew 9:9-10) 

It is becoming more and more apparent to our ministr; 
and to many of our lay members that you cannot get th 
non-Christian people to attend evangelistic meetings in an; 
great numbers or with any degi-ee of regularity. We ar 
living in a day and time when "there are too many othe: 
things going on." Evangelistic meetings will more and mon 
take on the nature of an intensive training of Christiai 
workers in personal evangelism and the sending of then 
out two by two for private visitation evangelism. Th 
great task of the Supreme Work of the Church is to fini 
our own brother. And let us not forget the brotherhood o 
man. For "God hath made of one blood all nations of me 
to dwell upon all the face of the earth." (Acts 17:26). N 
matter where we may go thi-oughout the whole wide work 
wherever we meet a man, there is an inner humaness th{ 
binds us to that man, with an insoluble bond. It is the bon 
of universal brotherhood. 

"If a stranger meets a stranger 

Going through the land; j 

Just remember he's your brother, 

Reach to him your hand. 

For who can tell if on the morrow 

You and he may stand 

Before the great White Throne up yonder; 

So help him all you can." 

The great task under the Supreme Work of the Church 
find your own brother, personal evangelism. "He first findc 
his own brother Simon." 


"And saith unto liim, We have found the Messias, wh 
is, being interpreted, the Christ." The second thing we find 
this text on the Supreme Work of the Church, is our tes 
niony to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master. 

Warch 7. 1942 

John, the forerunner, was faithful in bearing his testimo- 
ly to the Master when He cried out that day, "Behold the 
^amb of God." (John 1:36). Andrew bore a faithful word of 
estimony to Jesus Christ when he found his- brother Simon 
md said unto him, "We have found the Messias, the Christ." 

On the next day Phillip was faithful in a wonderful test- 
mony to Jesus Christ when he said to Nathaneal: "We have 
:ound Him of whom Moses in the law, and the Prophets did 
write, Jesus of Nazareth." 

The woman at the well of Sychar left her waterpots and 
•ushed back into the city and gave enthusiastic testimony to 
Fesus Christ when she cried: "Come, see a Man, which told 
ne all things that ever I did; is not this the Christ?" (John 

The man of Gadara out of whom the Master cast a whole 
legion of demons went back into the city of Decapolis and 
told what great things Jesus had done for him. (Mark 5:15- 
iO.). And it was a wonderful testimony. And so we find, in 
practically every case where the Master sought out and 
found and saved, that the converted ones immediately be- 
:ame enthusiastic personal workers and sought out and 
found their brother, their friend, their neighbor, — and 
faithfully gave their word of testimony to the Lord Jesus 
Christ and of His power to save. 

They but followed the method of the Master Himself. He 
ivas faithful in bearing His word of testimony. "I have giv- 
m them Thy Word" (John 17:24), "And I have declared unto 
;hem Thy Name." John 17:26). 

iVnd this is also the very nature of the Great Commission: 
'And ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and 
n all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of 
;he earth." (Acts 1:8). What is a witness for, but to give his 
)wn personal word of testimony? A witness is one who will 
TuthfuUy testify to that which his own eyes have seen; and 
lis own ears have heard; and his own hands have hand- 
ed; and what he has experienced, in his own heart and life 
(John 1:1-3). 

If we could only get the whole Church to realize fully that 
hf paramount issue of the Gospel is evangelism; that the 
Supreme Work of the Church is personal evangelism; and 
hat the chief business of every Christian is to seek and 
inJ his own brother and bear a faithful word of testimony 
Jesus Christ and His power to save, how many precious 
;ouls could be brought to Jesus this year! "And he brought 
lim to Jesus." What is it to bring a man, a woman, a boy, a 
;irl to Jesus? It is to bear such a faithful word of testi- 
iiony to Jesus Christ as to lead that soul into a saving 
cnowledge of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Redeemer. 


The third thing we find in the Supreme Work of the 
'hurch is the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus 
'hrist in the hearts and lives of believing men and women. 
'And when Jesus beheld him. He said, Thou art Simon the 
on of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas which is, being in- 
erperted, a stone." 

"Tlwu art Sinu>n" — that which can be sifted like the sand 
ly the seashore; but I will change your name because I am 
roing to transform your life; "thou shalt be called Cephas," 
'' 'hat which has within it the strength of the granite stone. 

"Thou art Simon" ^a weakling — but I am going to put 
'. power within you that will reinforce your life and trans- 
orm you into Cephas, and I will make you a pillar in the 
louse of My God. 

"Thou art Simon" — loose as sand that can be sifted 
hrough a sieve, but I will cement together with the power 

of the Gospel all your latent powers, and all the dormant 
potentialities of your being, and make of you a Cephas, a 
stone; and I will write your name "in the foundation stone 
of the jasper walls of the Holy City of My God." (Rev. 21: 

"Tlunc art Simon" — that which can be sifted like the chaff 
from the threshing floor — but when the chaff is gone I 
will make of thee the hardness of the wheat, and will send 
you forth to feed my sheep (John 21:15-17). 

"Thou art Simon" — a cursing Galilean fisherman that 
will profane the great and Holy name of My God; but I will 
change your name, and I will send you forth to proclaim: 
"Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none 
other Name under Heaven given among men, whereby we 
must be saved." Acts 4:12). 

"Thou art Simon" — a lying, denying, weak moral coward; 
but 1 will change your name and transform your life, and I 
will give you that strength of character and courtage that 
will enable you to stand before kings and rulers and elders 
in defense of the Gospel and of its power to save (Acts 4:8- 

And there is still power in the old Gospel of Jesus 
Christ to transform the hearts and lives of believing men and 
women everywhere. There is still power in the Gospel of Je- 
sus Christ to transform an untrue man into a true man; to 
make an honest man out of a dishonest man; to change an 
unclean man into a clean man; to make a righteous man out 
of an unrighteous man, to make a saint out of a sinner. 
There is still sufficient transforming power in the old Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ to make an Israel out of a Jacob ; a prince 
of God out of a sneaking rascal; to make a Paul an Apostle 
out of a Saul of Tarsus; to change a Simon, a weak son of 
Jona, into a Cephas, a strong son of God. 

It is only when we go forth with a strong faith in the 
power of the Gospel to save every one that believeth (Rom. 
1:16), that we will be enabled to advance the Kingdom of 
Heaven in the hearts of men with all of its transforming 
power over their lives. The church herself must be saved 
from the dead formalism into a living, flaming evangelism. 
The Church must evangelize or the Church will fossilize. 

The paramount issue of the Gospel is evangelism. The Su- 
preme Work of the Church is evangelism. The chief busi- 
ness of every Christian is private and personal evangelism. 
Then let us up and away at our God-given task and, as a 
true witness of Jesus Christ, bear a faithful word of testi- 
mony of His power to save, that we may see the transform- 
ing power of the Spirit of the living God in the hearts and 
lives of men everywhere. 

■ 0—0 

An Address to Ministers 

Dr. I. D. 'Bowman 


Jesus by obedience and sacrifice as our Captain and 
Leader, opened heaven and entered for its. He set us an 
example and gives us power to obey and enter heaven also. 
The Holy Spirit brings the Spirit of the Father and Son 
to abide with us and in us on earth now. The following- 
are some verses given in more detail than those given 
before concerning that we are now in heaven with Christ, 
and that He is in us on earth. 

1. Those stating how we are in heaven with Christ now. 
"God hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heav- 
enly places in Christ." "God hath raised us up together and 

The Brethren Evangelist 

made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." 
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest 
(heaven) by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way, 
which He has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is 
to say His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of 
God let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of 
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience." 
"But ye are come to Mount Sion (heaven), and unto the 
city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and unto an 
innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and 
church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and 
to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made 
perfect, and unto Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, 
and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things 
than that of Abel." 

2. Some verses concerning Christ dwelling in us now on 
earth. He brings by His Holy Spirit, Heaven down here 
and into us. There are two temples, two holy of holies, the 
two tabernacles or houses of God, One is in heaven, the 
other on earth. We enter Him in heaven; He enters us here 
on earth. "He that believeth on me . . . out of his belly 
shall flow rivers of living water — but this spake He of 
the Spirit which they that believe on Him should receive: 
for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus 
was not yet glorified." "He (the Holy Ghost) dwelleth with 
you and shall be (after Pentecost) in you." "Ye are the 
temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in 
them and walk in them." "The very God of peace sanctify 
you wholly, faithful is He that calleth you who also will 
do it." . . . "be strengthened with might by His 
Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts 
by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may 
be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth, 
and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of 
Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled 
with all the fullness of God, now unto Him that is able to 
do exceeding and abundantly above all that we ask or think, 
according to the power that worketh in us. The God of 
peace . . . make you perfect in every good work to 
do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in 
His sight." Use this wonderful prayer in Eph. 3:14-22 as a 
Scriptural model for all ministers and laity in the Brethren 
Church. Since the death of Christ, there is no veil between 
us and Christ, He lifts us up through the blood and makes 
us sit down in Him giving us all spiritual blessings. He also 
brings heaven down (the kingdom of heaven which is right- 
eousness and joy and peace in the Holy Ghost), into us." 
Rom. 14:17. Every movement made in the presence of God 
for us should have its corresponding movement in its. Just 
as surely as He ministers in His house in heaven for us. He 
does in us in His house on earth. These are wonderful truths 
which He will fulfill in us. He has promised to do exceeding 
abundantly above all that we ask or think. We shall exper- 
ience them only as we understand them and earnestly pray 
without ceasing for them. 

Let us spend much more time daily praying, "Lord fill 
me with the Holy Spirit," and He will continunally increase 
our appetite for these ti-uths. He will guide us into all truth, 
and will cause us to search for the deep things of God. "Ye 
have not because ye ask not, ye ask and receive not because 
ye ask amiss." James 4:2, .3. We should pattern our prayers 
after God's word. God then is in you, the hope of glory. 

It is amazing how much difference a little rain makes on 
Sunday, and how little difference it makes on the day we start 
off on a trip . . . 

A letter written in haste should be mailed at leisure. . . 

It is surprising how much bigger a quarter looks in a col- 
lection plate than at the gate of an amusement park. . . 


Dr^ C. F. Voder 

My father was one of the first trustees of Ash- 
land College. I was born some twenty miles east 
of the city, spent a year in the public schools there 
but when ready for seminary I had to go elsewhere 
because Ashland Seminary was not yet opened. How- 
ever, when ready to teach I rejected an opportunity 
to teach in the University of Chicago seminary in or- 
der to teach at Ashland. My faith in our seminary 
there has never faltered and it is with pleasure that 
I write a few words of appreciation of this small but 
great school. To help the memory of readers I use 
an acrostic. 

A SHLAND Seminary is ATTRACTIVE. It is like 
the temple in Jerusalem crowning the highest hill 
of the city. It overlooks a beautiful valley and the 
best city for its size in the state of Ohio. The beauty 
of the buildings and grounds must be seen to be ap- 
preciated. Students of Ashland College and Seminary 
never forget the songs of praise they sing in honor 
of their alma mater. 

^^ CRIPTURAL. Ashland Seminary is the response 
of the Brethren Church to the Gospel command, 
"Search the Scriptures" and again, "study to show 
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed." Ashland Seminary is not en- 
slaved by man-made creeds or popes. To be apostlic in 
doctrine and discipline it goes to the apostles them- 
selves who received their teaching directly from 

H EALTHFUL. Ashland is one of the high spots 
of Ohio. From this divide the waters flow north to 
lake Erie and south to the gulf of Mexico. Its win- 
ters are invigorating and its summers are as health- 
ful as the campus pines. And its physical healthful- 
ness is symbolic of its spiritual healthfulness. I have 
visited many seminaries and studied in half a dozen 
denominational schools and know of none with a be 
ter spiritual atmosphere than Ashland. 


IjOYAL. Ashland Seminary has a number of stu 
dents from other denominations and makes them wel 
come, but its loyalty to the whole Gospel makes it 
also distinctively Brethren. There is no hedging as 
to the meaning of baptism, or the duty of obedience, 
or the teaching of personal responsibility. It has not 
been side-tracked by modern fads or stampeded by 
popish leaders. If the Brethren Church is to fulfill 
its mission as a loyal whole-Gospel church it must 
also loyally sustain its loyal Seminary at Ashland. 

March 7, 1942 

tVcTIVE. It would be hard to find a busier body 
of people than the students and professors at Ash- 
land. Students have many practical activities aside 
from class work. Professors are prominent in the 
community life of Ashland and in the religious and 
educational circles of the state. Ashland College and 
Seminary have an influence proportionately larger 
than their size. Students there are trained to be 
workers as citizens and as Christians. 

[Necessary. As medical schools are necessary for 
doctors, and law schools for lawyers and trade 
schools for tradesmen, so seminaries are necessary 
for the preparing of Christian workers, and a Breth- 
ren seminary is necessary for Brethren preachers 
and teachers. We can no more gather figs from 
thistles than loyal Brethren preachers from dissent- 
ing schools or creedless place-hunters. Yes, it is 
still necessary to obey the word of the Lord which 
says : "Teaching them to observe whatsoever things 
I have commanded you." 

Deserving. The works of Ashland Seminary 
bear witness of its worth. The testimony of its grad- 
uates is heard in our Brethren pulpits and active 
organizations of the church. Erratic doctrines and 
secessions are not born there. Time and experience 
unite in proclaiming the integrity and usefulness of 
, Ashland Seminary. Let the people who now share 
the blessings of a true Gospel ministry show their 
appreciation of the sacrifices that others have made 
l3y sharing in the present effort to maintain and en- 
large this fountain of truth and bond of fellowship 
and hope of our future as a church. 



Rev. Harrie C. Funderburg 

The Sunday School lesson of November 2nd gave 
birth to the subject of this article. 

What is sin ?. The answers are many. Sin is a direct 
violation of God's law and is e icaedingly dangerous, 
because it kills the soul as well as the body. It wrecks 
the home ; makes us unfit for cociety ; creates houses 
of prostitution ; lands our soulj. in the Home of the 
Wicked, where there is weepi ■ ; and wailing and 
gnashing of teeth — where the Li c is unquenched. 

Sin is a debt. A burden. A thief. A leper. A sick- 
ness. A plague — in fact everything humanity hates. 
And I am so sorry to confess that so many things we 
cherish are sinful. Sin smiles to deceive; sings to 
lure; kisses to betray and at last encircles us and 
leaps with us into predition. 

Sin is the most dangerous thing we have to com- 
bat — for the very sting of it is death. I Cor. 15:56. 

"The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is 
the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the 
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

"A soul is lost when it is separated from God by 
sin. A soul is saved when it is separated from sin to 
God through Christ." 

Look into a soul captured by conscience and irre- 
trievable crime. Go to the starving prodigal son. Go 
to the weeping Esau. Go to any soul really and fully 
awakened to the realities of guilt and the irrevokable 
consequences of it and you will at once find a place 
for the Gospel with a bloody ci'oss. 

Such a sense of guilt comes to every person who 
truly repents. He feels that he desires to die. He gets 
relief only through faith that Jesus Christ loves him 
enough to die for him. John 3:16. 

There is but one condition for a life in bondage — 
"to or from" as the case may be — in bondage to sin 
and so far from all relations to Christ. Or in bondage 
to Christ and so free from the dominion of sin. Who- 
sof ver will may come. 

Solomon says, (S. of S. 2:15) it is the little foxes 
that spoil the vine. Little evils — little secret sins that 
trip us on our pilgrim way, on our onward climb. 

It is often what we would call little sins that do 
the most harm. Acts of unfaithfulness, less watch- 
fulness or dying enthusiasm. At this juncture is the 
time God promises to help, only awaiting an invita- 
tion. Give Christ a new special invitation, for day by 
day you must seek him and permit nothing to inter- 

When you feel disappointed, vexation of spirit or 
malice, fall upon you knees and strive to be that hum- 
ble and holy soul with whom God delights to dwell. 
"Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall 
find; knock and it shall be opened unto you." Luke 

Crime grows from crime seeds, or "seed thoughts." 
Paul in Eph. 5:12, warns of secret things. For it is a 
shame even to speak of things which are done in 

Before sin entered into the world heaven and earth 
were close together. Man talked with God and was 
always happy. But then the voice of the tempter 
came and Adam and Eve yielded and sin intervened. 

On a fly leaf of a Bible, written by the hand of a 
sainted mother, were these words, "This book will 
keep you from sin. Sin will keep you from this book." 

— New Carlisle, Ohio 

Few doctrines that are really true need be defended. They 
need to be demonstrated... 

Most of the misunderstandings that arise over letters or- 
iginate in the things we misread between the lines. 

The Brethren Evangelist 





The National Sunday School Association 
of the Brethren Church 

E. 1.. MILLER 


General Secretary 

Success Through Organization 

Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman 

Missionary Education Director National Sunday School Association. 

Anything worth doing is 
worth doing well. As the mis- 
sionary work of the Church is 
its primary task it is necessarily 
worth doing. Since it is worth 
while how shall we do it well? 

There are some who say that 
the solution to the perplexing 
problem is to have some individ- 
ual made responsible for the en- 
tire missionary program of the 
local Church. This is, or course, 
the first step that should be 
taken. But as a baby's first step 
is only the beginning and not the 
end so is this only a beginning 
and much more remains to be 

A thoroughly interested, en- 
thusiastic, live wire missionary superintendent or 
director will have so many plans to work and so 
many places to be and so many people to see that he 
will begin to wish for 48 hours per day and perhaps 
even wish he were twins or triplets so that he could 
be in many places at the same time. But this need 
not be, for God has judiciously placed much talent 
in every Church. Much of it is hidden to the casual 
glance. But any one sufficiently interested can sure- 
ly find it. Ask God to help find this talent. "Seek and 
ye shall find" is the certain promise. 

It is a great thing to be a leader. God has wisely 
given many talents to some so that they might lead. 
Yet there is another way of looking at the situation. 
The Church is not a one man's job. It is the joint 
responsibility of many leaders. Without question the 
Sunday School superintendent should be interested 
in missions. Even more interested should be the mis- 
sionary supei'intendent. Under these will come an all 
important gi'oup of departmental and class superin- 
tendents. No leader dare neglect this organization if 
the ultimate efficiency is to be secui-ed. And this or- 
ganization must work together to achieve success. 

The following anonymous poem should make us 
think : 

It's all very well to have courage and skill. 

And it's fine to be counted a star. 

But the single deed with its touch of thrill 

Doesn't tell us the man that you are. 

For there's no lone hand in the game we play 

We must work to a bigger scheme. 

And the thing that counts in the world today 

Is how do you pull with the team. 

Day after day we are confronted with the irrefut- 
able fact that organization pays. Could an army hope 
to succeed if a general attempted to do everything? 
Why does an army succeed? Primarily because of 
complete organization. In spite of this many Sunday 
Schools refuse to organize because "we are too 
small." That is no excuse. Have you ever thought 
that the cure for smallness is organization? It most 
definitely is. Every member may be and should be 
put to work. There must not be any shirkers in God's 
Church. Organize your missionary work first to edu- 
cate, inspire, and lead. Then very soon there will be 
many others so that a complete organization may be 

You want your Church to be a success for Christ 
do you not? Then do your part in organizing your 
Church. When you are asked to help, accept the task, 
whatever it is, and do it to the best of your ability. 
You would not have been asked if there were any 
doubt as to your ability. You can do more than that. 
Why wait to be asked? Ask your superintendent or 
missionary director for something to do. They prob- 
ably have plans and activities that are "lying dormant 
only because of lack of workers. Give your leaders a 
real thrill by volunteering. The more volunteers the 
greater the victory for Christ and His Church. 

Regardless of your official position you can still 
do a great deal toward seeing that your school is 
completely organized. You can pray about it. Prayer 
is a powerful force. You can talk about it and keep 
talking about its benefits until the victory is won. 

This is a challenge to you. A missionary speaker 
whom I once heard in Chicago presented the need of 
a certain field simply and sincerely. He made no plea 
for volunteers to the assembled young people. He said 
very quietly, "The need is the call". 

larch 7, 1942 

The need for organization has been presented. Let 
his be a challenge and a call to you. God wants you 
n His service. He has a place for you. Seek His will 
;nd take your place in the foi-ward march of His 
church. Listen again to the words of the apostle 
'aul, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the 

mercies of God that you present your bodies a living 
sacrifice .... which is your reasonable service". Dare 
you turn a deaf ear to this plea of Paul? Paul is tell- 
ing us here again that God's work is not a one man's 
job. Respond today without delay and show your 
loyalty through service. — New Kensington, Penna. 


Accreditation and Ashland College 

Mrs. Marie Lichty Shaver 
Former Alumni Secretary 

Accreditation is both a big word and a big order. 
t is something that adds to the value of Ashland 
College. It puts it on a level with other well recog- 
lized schools. It is something so important to our 
chool that we must be very definite as to its real 
neaning. It is simply the measuring up to certain 
tandards set by governing bodies in the educational 
[ield. Two of those bodies whose approval and rec- 
jgnition we most covet are the North Central Asso- 
iation and the American Association of Colleges. 

Just as nurses, doctors, lawyers and other profes- 
ional groups find it necessaiy to choose training 
chools whose work is recognized as standard, if they 
re to have their years of study count as worthwhile 
ivestments, so too, must college students examine 
'ell the standing of the school in which they may 
pend important training years. It is for that ap- 
roval that these governing educational bodies set 
p standards to make good scholastic work uniformly 

high grade. 

There are vai'ious requirements. The most im- 

3rtant one is concerned with the personnel of the 

iculty. It sets up a high standard of character, 

aining, experience and personal attitudes on the 

•krt of the teachers so as to insure, as nearly as 

jssible, top quality leaders for our college execu- 

ves and instructors.. Another requirement deals 

ith the scope of studies to be offered and specifies 

hat is best for general and special educational 

;eds. This we know as our curriculum. Still another 

>i leck is made concerning the number, size, upkeep 

>lid needs of the buildings which house the college 

itlant. These and the equipment of the various lab- 

a 'atories and courses are carefully noted to make 

Mjre that the college has the proper tools and place 

r doing creditable work. These and more are the 

[lliquirements which must be met before accredita- 

is)n is given. 


And, friends, it all costs money. A cheap school 
^th little recognition costs plenty of money but 
ves so little enduring value to its students and 
ten a disappointing return to the parents whose 

olaney was paid for the various school fees. We 
not operating Ashland College on a cheap scale 

;jiJ.d we do not want it to maintain any but the 
st level in personnel, training opportunities and 

equipment. So we may as well face the logical con- 
clusion that as other standards all about us rise to 
new levels and with each rise there come new de- 
mands, so our college is going to keep on raising its 
standards and will be met by new demands which 
we, the laity and alumni, must step in and meet 
cheerfully and generously. This will be our proof 
that we mean for Ashland College to keep on grow- 
ing, improving, keeping abreast of the best educa- 
tional standards and exerting her wholesome influ- 
ence upon a continual stream of youth across the 
Ashland campus. Many of those youths will grad- 
uate from Ashland College and go on to graduate 
work in universities of higher learning. Here again 
will come our two fold payment for insisting that 
our school be accredited: those students will find 
their work readily accepted by the graduate schools 
and in turn, they will bring I'enown and valuable 
contributions back to their Alma Mater because of 
her highly acceptable training. Ashland College is 
now highly accredited. Let us see to it that she keeps 


\ 1. Put first things first. Give it the right- 

I of-way. Cancel every other engagement. Per- 

I mit no worldly pleasure or pastime to keep 

j you away. 

I 2. Do what you are asked to do, even to 

I the very best of your ability. The Lord needs 
I just such an one as you. 

j 3. Pray much. Remember, prayer changes 

j things. "The effectual, fervent prayer of a 
I righteous man availeth much." 

j 4. Be friendly. Smile, Shake hands. 

j 5. If you have a suggestion for some 

change or improvement in the service — let it 
be known. 

6. Be on time. Take a seat toward the 
fiont, leaving the rear ones for late-comers. 

7. Win a soul. This is our first and great- 
est task. — Loree, Indiana, Bulletin. 


The Brethren Evangelist 


Dr. R. F. Porte 

The title of this article was used by John Ruskin 
in his "Seven Lamps of Architecture". Ruskin is 
describing the reason why certain old buildings and 
ancient civilizations fell. He says, "It was not the 
robber or the vandal or the blasphemer who had 
torn down the walls, . . . the buildings pe}- 
ished because the builders had put 'lying stones' into 
their foundations, embedding a falsehood into the 

Perhaps many of us have wondered why certain 
material things or certain organizations quite sud- 
denly broke up. One time a man pointed to a certain 
cement work which gave signs of falling apart and 
remarked, "The contractor agreed ta put a certain 
quantity of cement into that work, but he did not do 
it." Something false was embedded in that cement 

V''e can remember certain business concerns which 
have ceased to operate because some treasurer or 
ether official absconded with funds which did not 
belong to him. Again, it is false material going into 
the development and operation of the business which 
caused its failure. 

In the social field of human life there have been 
disanpointments and failures due to false building. 
Gibbins, the historian, accredits the fail of Rome to 
cert.'>in corruption allowed to exist in high circles of 
the government. Perhaps the fall of other nations 
may bo laid to the same cause. VViien Benjamin 

Franklin said that "Honesty is the best policy" 
he might have made it stronger and said that hon- 
esty is the only policy for any human endeavor. 

The condemnation of the Pharisees was not 
against them as individuals so much as against their 
false religious building. Jesus said that "they cleaned 
the outside of the cup and left the inside full of cor- 
ruption." Jesus said to the Pharisees, "you put bur- 
dens on people which you will not touch with your 
little finger." Phariseeism was orthodoxy or Jewish 
fundamentalism divorced from divine spirit. It had 
the letter but lacked the spirit of God's attitude to- 
ward fallen humanity. 

It is with divine insight that David wrote these 
words in Psalm 51 : "Thou desirest truth in the in- 
ward parts." It is not enough to be king or supreme 
leader ; God expects truth in the inward parts of 
every one of His servants. What is this but the very 
thing Ruskin was talking about? No man can have 
a lasting building unless he is careful how he builds 
and how he chooses his building material. The 
builder that tries to get by with cheap material can 
expect his building to last on the basis of the cheap 
material he puts in the foundation and the supports 
of the structure. This is true of human life, the false 
idea or motive marks the weak place in our moral 
structure and at this point a separation must come 
in less than time eternal. The fact that the common 
people looked to the Lord Jesus indicates the disin- 
tegrating condition of Phariseeism. Jesus did not 
present a "system" of religion so much as a kind of 
life which was eternal in character. Jesus said, 
"Learn of me." To say that the sermon on the mount 
is not for this age but for some future age and fu- 
ture people is ridiculous in the light of the fact that 
Jesus lived the very essence of His matchless sermon 
and so taught the people of His day to live the same 
kind of life. 

Almost in every age of the revelation of God, there 
have ai'isen certain teachers who insist on what 
they call a "system of doctrine or faith". Much quib- 
bling occurs over the "theology" or "creed", quite 
often, in order to embarrass or hurt one who distin- 
guishes between Bible revelation and "theology" or 
"creed". Anything in the Bible might be termed 
"theology" but in fact it is revelation because "man 
by searching cannot find God" and "no man knoweth 
God but the Spirit of God." 1 Cor. 2:11. I agree 
with a theologian's definition of "theology" that it 
"means knowledge about God" and the emphasis 
should be placed on the word "about". Now count 
up the brands of "theology" and take your pick, 

March 7. 1942 


every one claims to be the correct brand. Take the 
matter of the meaning of the word "creed" which 
is the term applied to what a person believes, and 
also may be applied to one who has only the Bible as 
his religious guide, he too has a "creed" but a creed 
based on nothing but the Bible is vastly different 
from the creed of one who says, "We are baptized 
because we are saved" and the word "water" in 
John 3 :5 does not mean "water" it means "the word" 
or the statement of St. Paul himself about his con- 
version experience in Acts 22:16 "... .arise and be 
baptized and wash away thy sins . . . . " The dogmatic 
theologian says, "Water cannot wash away sins." 
One more instance which shows the attempt to sup- 
plant the Word of God with false building material 
is the rejection of the word, "castaway" or "re- 
jected" (1. Cor. 9:27) found in the two versions of 

; our Bible. In order to support a notion or extra 

•Biblical creedal idea some folks are saying, "Paul 
never meant he would be "castaway" or even "re- 
jected" just "disapproved" or "laid on the shelf". 
What a pity when the Bible was translated they 
didn't find some real Greek scholars ! Were the trans- 

jlators wrong? Read 1 Cor. 9 and decide for yourself. 

jWhen the theologian sticks to the Bible this poor 
man will humbly join in that true Brethren form of 
"theology" or "creed" but when the Bible must be 
I'ejected in its own statement and made only a book 
for proof texts for theological speculation then we 
part company. Yes, I too "hug to my breast" such a 

point of belief as "Christ died for our sins", and all 
else that is marked with a "Thus saith the Lord." 
Piety does precede the kind of theology which makes 
its own ideas stand above the direct statement of 
inspired holy writ. 

No one who carefully analyzes the present relig- 
ious trends among those who like to be known as 
"fundamental" can escape the knowledge that their 
religion is less Biblical and more formal like the re- 
ligion of the Pharisees. The Pharisees could stand 
and claim a superior place in the estimation of God 
with no shadow of humility or knowledge of the fact 
that they were only sinners like the rest of the peo- 
ple. The man with a "critical mind" as one puts it, 
is the presumptuous man. He poses as a judge and 
not a humble brother and follower of the lowly 
Jesus. When there is a sincere desire to be led by 
the Spirit of God there is some common element 
which goes to build eternally. The person or persons 
that withdraw themselves when, as they say, there 
are evidences of departure among fellow Christians, 
certainly confess their inability to improve the sit- 
uation and under such conditions should at least be 
kind and courteous to those with whom they cannot 
agree. The man who carries the mortar should not 
quarrel with the man who lays the bricks. We are 
each responsible to one Master-Builder and humbly 
then, we should seek His will and not our own, lest 
we put "lying stones" into His building. 



Why a Denominational College is not Self Supporting 

C. L. j^uspach. Ph. D., President Central Michigar 

Persons not identified with colleges have difficulty under- 
standing why colleges need money to finance their educational 
programs. To those identified with colleges the reasons for 
such needs are clear, but in many instances these reasons have 
lot been set forth in a manner all laymen can understand. 
President Mason has asked me to state these reasons so clear- 
y that all may understand. This I shall try to do. 

At the outset of this article it should be made clear that 
ligher education in the United States was the child of the 
Hhurch. Our first colleges were established for the purpose 
if guaranteeing an adequate supply of ministers, doctors and 
.wyers. The need for specialized training for professions 
Iher than the few of accepted professions had not arisen. To 
,eet the need of the professions, denominational colleges 
■ere established, including Ashland. As changes occured in 
social-economic order, new demands were placed upon in- 
iitutions, which demands could not be met by the church ed- 
ges and the development of state colleges and universities 
as given support. This development has resulted in the ac- 
tance of two types of institutions of higher education: the 
|ublic supported college and the private supported college, 
lach type of institution has its place and can be justified. 
'ne can not take the place of the other, if each is true to its 
'aditions and functions. 

I jThe functions of the two type sof colleges parallel at points 
nd are quite different at others. Both may prepare for com- 
mon professions but the approach and the accepted outcomes 
quite different. It is in the difference in approach and 
.^cteomes that the denominational college finds reason for ex- 

College of Education Mount Pleasant, Michigan 

istence. It is in the belief that denominational colleges present 
the Christian approach and educates for Christian outcomes 
we find justification for asking for financial assistance. But 
granting that public and private controlled colleges are dif- 
ferent; that they can be justified and that the private col- 
lege can use the Christian approach and educate for Chris- 
tian outcomes, why do we need to supply money to keep each 
type of college in operation ? 

Limiting ourselves to the financial needs of denominational 
colleges the following questions arise: 

I. Why aren't denominational colleges such as Ashland self- 
supporting? — Because such colleges can not collect a suf- 
ficient amount of money in tuition to cover the total cost of 
instruction. At Ashland it costs about two hundred and sixty 
dollars ($260.00) per year to educate a student. This amount 
does not include board and room. Ashland can not charge two 
hundred and sixty dollars per student and have an enrollment, 
for the average parent can not afford to pay that amount. 
This is especially true of our ministers; therefore, the sons 
and daughters of Brethren ministers are given scholarships 
amounting to half of their tuition. When such scholarships 
are given, the additional amount for the education of such 
scholarship student must come from some other source. In 
addition, many sons and daughters of laymen can not pay a 
high tuition rate. They want an education in a Christian col- 
lege. They can not be denied the privilege, therefore, a partial 
scholarship is given and the difference in tuition cost must 
come from some other source. At Ashland, at no time,' are 
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"And if a man also strive for the masteries, yet he is not 
crowned, except he strive lawfully." 2 Timothy 2:5. 

The gi'eat Apostle labored for some time in the city of 
Corinth, and founded there a church which was apparently 
large, prosperous and influential, withal contentions and 
troublesome to both its founder and its Lord. While he was 
living in that city there can be no doubt that the great games 
were held on the adjoining isthmus, which were known as 
the Isthmian Games, and celebrated each second year. We 
cannot imagine that Paul went to them, for they must have 
been scenes of wild rioting and vice, too much like some of 
those witnessed now in some of our own cities; but he would 
know about them; and they would be for a time quite the 
common excitement in Corinth. Certainly, in Paul's later 
writings, we find frequent allusions to these games. They 
seem to have seized on his imagination and set him thinking 
how much there was like them in our Christian course. That 
also, the Christian life, seemed to him a race, and he longed 
"so to run that he might attain". That also seemed to him 
a battle of pugilistic contest; and when he came to its close, 
he could say, "I have fought a good fight." 

In the great games of the time of Paul and Timothy the 
company of spectators was exceedingly large, people attending 
from all the district round; the competitors were urged and 
excited by their shouts and praises. In the Roman amphi- 
theaters the audiences decided whether a defeated gladiator 
was to die by turning down their thumbs. The competitors 
undei-went previous and careful training, for at least ten 
months; keeping the body under, bringing it into subjection, 
and cultivavting skill in the use of weapons, or in the art of 
running. Veiy stringent laws wei'e fixed for conducting the 
contests, and they must be carried on in the prescribed way. 
A man would not be crowned unless he strove lawfully. The 
contests were divided into two classes — the "pancratium", 
consisting of boxing and wrestling; and the "pentathlon", 
consisting of leaping, running, quoiting and hurling. The 
actual reward was only a crown of pine or ivy leaves; but 
the victor was set in high honor, his name and that of his 
father and country were proclaimed by a herald to the vast 
assembly, and he was borne to his native city in triumph. 

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul alludes to the games: 
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one 
receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain. And every 
man that striveth for the mastei-y is temperate in all things. 
Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an 
incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight 
I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, 
and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I 
have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 

The imagery in this passage is unusually full and rich, says 
the Hastings Dictionary of the Bible. The strenuous, excit- 
ing and definite purpose of the racer, the self-control imposed 
during the period of training, with punishment of the body 
to make it more fit, the prize, the crown, the reward of the 
victor, the call to the contest, and the proclamation (preach- 
ing) of the conditions, the chances of final disgrace if these 
are not properly observed, are all set foi-th with a vividness 
that must have brought home powerfully and impressively, 
to those who were familiar with the Isthmian and Olympian 
games, the lessons of Christian instruction which the Apos- 
tle wished to convey. 

Paul is saying — Look at the runners ! Racing puts forward 
the continuous, eager, straining effort, and concentration 
upon one thing — the crown. There is no turning aside to 
examine the beautiful sculptures and altars by the side of 
the race course; no stopping to exchange greetings with 
friends amongst the spectators. From head to foot, from the 
fingertip of his outstretched hand to the extremity of the 
foot, which barely touches the ground from one step to 
another as he strains, and flies rather than runs — every 
inch of him, every muscle in his frame, says, "The crown!" 
That is the way to run this race of life! 

That is how Paul ran; that is how he fought; and that is 
the way he desired Timothy to run and fight. He said (Phil- 
ippians 3:13, 14), "Forgetting what is behind me, and 
straining toward what lies ahead, I am pressing toward the 
goal, for the prize to which God through Jesus Christ calls 
us upward." 

But Paul, and all other Christian people, had an antago- 
nist, his own body. He said that he had to fight that body 
to bring it into subjection and to make it work for him. 
As by all means he was desirous to win men to Christ, so 
by all means he must win this conflict with his body and 
its appetites and rebellions. "Lest after proclaiming to others 
the laws of the contest (as herald or announcer), I should 
myself violate these conditions, and be not only defeated as 
a combatant, but be ignoniiniously rejected from the lists." 

However, shortly before his death, he wrote, 2 Timothy 
4:7, 8, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my 
course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for 
me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day." 

"Therefore, let us too, with such a great crowd of wit- 
nesses about us, throw off every impediment and the en- 
tanglement of sin, and run with deteiTnination the race for 
which we are entered, fixing our eyes upon Jesus, our 
leader and example in faith, who in place of the happiness 
that belonged to Him, submitted to a cross, caring nothing 
for its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of 
the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1, 2, Goodspeed's transla- 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic Editor 

Topic for Mnrch 8, 1942 


Scripture Le.sso;; : Matt. 5:5-S; John 5:S9 

For the Leader 

Christians have a great tendency to shirk this matter of 
devotions and communion with God. This is easy to do be- 
cause in the present age, we are all so busy that we feel that 
every minute must be put to a good use. Yet were we to get 
ail accurate picture, we would discover that our time spent 
ill devotions is time which has been best spent. 

We are suggesting that we look into this problem and see 
the great need of personal devotion, and how we can better 
our daily periods set aside for this comnuinioii. 


this we mean a period of time once, twice, or more often, 

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each day in which we shut out the world and business, and 
through prayer and Bible reading, we seek to commune with 

A lifetime of success and happiness cannot make up for 
the loss of spiritual power and comfort brought about by a 
lack of daily devotion. It is essential to Christian growth. We 
eat three times each day to keep our physical bodies in good 
shape. Yet how often do we "feed" our souls? We can see 
spiritually starved Christians every day. A period of daily 
devotion in prayer and Bible reading would prevent much 
loss of faith and courage. 

Through prayer and Bible reading, we are able to commune 
directly with God, telling Him our plans, hopes, difficulties 
and problems, seeking from Him the answer to these, plus 
resigning ourselves humbly to His will. Daily devotion helps 
bring about that "in the center of God's will' atmosphere 
which every minister covets in the lives of his flock. 

We need daily devotion to keep ourselves sane in the pres- 
ent age. When we see the multitude of earthly values perish 
as they have lately, then we need to be daily grounded in the 
eternal things of our God. If nothing else, our daily devotions 
should bring us to the place where we can truthfully say 
from experience that "Jesus Never Fails". 

PRIVATE PRAYER IN PUBLIC. Our text tells us that 
when we pray we are not to pray as the hypocrites do, but 
are to enter into private and to pray. This is not ban against 
praying in public. However, too many times have we heard 
sermons "preached" in prayer while the audience impatiently 
shifted from one foot to the other. We would rather hear a 
sincere, earnest prayer from a humble believer than an ora- 
torical sermonette. Still this does not mean we are not to 
pray in public. Christ in this passage is not referring mainly 
( to the place of prayer, but to the spirit in which we pray. 
1 A person can pray in public and still be humble enough to be 
i "praying in private". The difference lies in whether we are 
I praying our public prayer to be heard of the audience, or 
j whether we are praying to God and endeavoring to lead the 
audience to a consciousness of God. All public prayer should 
aim to bring the jieople closer to a worship of God. 

God is a spirit. If in worshipping Him, either public or pri- 
vate, we do not have a union of our spirit with His, there is 
no benefit. Through prayer and waiting, in each hour of de- 
votion, we can feel the distress of life depart and in its place 
come a feeling of the nearness of God. Prayer is vital in 
bringing this to pass. Without this nearness, there can be no 

J How often, in the midst of trying and busy days, have wc 
! taken time to lay aside the business of the day to commune 

with God through prayer. None except those who experience 
' this can tell what joy and peace and vision can emanate 

from these valuable contacts with God. We young people 

truly must learn the art of communing with God through 
(prayer. To us He will then be a God of immediate presence, 

rather than a God normally considered miles away. 

Out of this private prayer and communion with God can 
come the strength and optimism and victory of the Christian 
life. The successful Christian life is no secret at all. The 
evident truth is that back of that success is the daily periods 
fof private devotion and communion of the person with God 
'through prayer and Bible reading and study. 

We must learn to do our praying ourselves, too. We dare 
;not underestimate the influence of prayers made by our par- 
ents of others in our behalf. Yet these prayers cannot be the 
full strength of our own life. God is no respecter of persons. 
To those who pray to Him He will give blessings and power 

and victory. To those who purpose to get by without "taking 
the time to pray" He will surely cease to be a power in 
their lives. 

Let us all take the time each day to wait for the com- 
munion and help of Christ through our regular prayer and 
devotion. It will pay great and noble dividends. 

it is, to learn that just about all the Bible knowledge many 
people have is what they have picked up during attendance 
at Sunday School or church. Pitiful ignorance is all we can 
call it, for every Christian does have daily access to the 
Bible. We in America should have nothing but mortifying 
shame for our utter lack of understanding of the great Bible 
truths. With the stupendous annual circulation of the Bible 
we should all be well informed, except in rare cases of iso- 
lation, sickness or blindness. 

Yet in the scriptures are found the only way to eternal 
life. Surely we young people should spend time daily in our 
worship periods in reading and studying God's word. Per- 
haps many of us are ashamed to carry our Bible, or even 
be caught reading it. Why? It is our source of eternal knowl- 
edge. Through it we are told of Christ. Why be ashamed of it? 

Too, we must read it. All of us have books at home that 
look very nice on the book shelves, but we know nothing of 
the contents because we have never read them. To us those 
books might as well be at the bottom of the sea. Now, how 
about our Bibles. Might they, for us, be just as well at the 
bottom of the sea? How long has it been since we read the 
last from its pages? 

Knowledge of the Bible gained by daily reading is the 
strongest fortification against the inroads of false doctrines 
and religions. Most false religions prey on the Christian's 
lack of Bible facts. 

We urge you to daily pray and read your Bibles, for in so 
doing, you are guarding yourselves against spiritual starva- 
tion. And you are building your life into an instrument which 
can be used effectively for Christ. 

REWARDING IN PUBLIC. By a humbleness in private 
devotion and surrender to the will of God, our lives in public 
will show forth with a light of victory, influence and power 
which our companions will notice and appreciate. Our life, 
backed up by private devotion, can become influential in our 
church as a leader, worker or teacher. Private devotions, 
daily, pay big dividends in public. A Christian cannot thrive 
without them. 

"Praying and Reading e\ery day. 
Will keep you in the narrow way. 
Neglect of these will surely bring, 
Sadness and sorrow of heart to thee." 

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"What's the use of 'crastination' 
'Puttin off from day to day 
When the man, called 'Circulation', 
In the end, will make us pay? 

"For 'Circulation Man' is he, 

Who gives ^advice, to you and me; 
To order Literature weeks ahead 

And always buy from Us. 'Nuff sed'." 
(With apologies to the U. B. Watchword) 

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William Cowper 

It happen'd on a solemn eventide, 

Soon after He that was our Surety died, 

Two bosom friends, each pensively inclin'd, 

The scene of all those sorrows left behind, 

Sought their own village, busy as they went 

In musings worthy of the great event : 

They spake of Him they lov'd, of Him whose life, 

Thought blameless, had incurr'd perpetual strife, 

Whose deeds had left, in spite of hostile arts, 

A deep memorial graven on their hearts. 

The recollection, like a vein of ore 

The father trac'd, enrich'd them still the more ; 

They thought Him, and they justly thought Him, one 

Sent to do more than He appear'd to have done ; 

To exalt a people, and to place them high 

Above all else, and wonder'd He should die. 

Ere yet they brought their journey to an end, 

A stranger joined them, courteous as a friend, 

And ask'd them with a kind engaging air 

What their affiction was, and begg'd a share. 

Inform'd, He gather'd up the broken thread. 

And. truth and wisdom gracing all He said, 

Explain'd, illustrated, and search'd so well, 

The tender theme on which they chose to dwell, 

That, reaching home, "The night," they said, "is near; 

We must not now be parted, sojourn here." 

The new acquaintance soon became a guest, 

And, made so welcome at their simple feast, 

He bless'd the bread, but vanish'd at the woi'd, 

And left them both exclaiming. " 'Twas the Lord! 

Did not our hearts feel all He deign'd to say ? 

Did they not burn within us by the wav?" 


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there enough students paying full tuition to carry the total 
expense of instruction. 

II. What are the other sources of income? — The sources of 
income, other than tuition, are endowment income and gifts. 

The church in the past has given generously to the endow- 
ment fund. Because of low interest rates and difficulty in find- 
ing investments that are safe and remunerative, returns from 
endowments have decreased. Tlie interest return from endow- 
ments has netted as high as five percent. Now we are doing 
Iwell to get three percent and four percent. Ashland has had 
|her income decreased because of this drop in interest rates. 
■The amount of money received from endowments is in- 
:sufficient to meet the amount of money necessary to meet the 
rtuition scliolarships given to the sons and daughters of Breth- 
ren ministers and laymen. 

As to gifts — Gifts are dependent upon incomes. With the 
increase in taxes and demands of various philanthropies, it is 
increasingly difficult to raise money by soliciting individuals 
)f wealth. Ashland has been fortunate in holding her local 
^ support. She has had trouble in increasing the number of her 
supporters. Her enlarged program i-equires an increase in 
:civers. Taxation and other demands have made this increase 
jlmost impossible. 

III. Are state colleges self-supporting? — No. They are sub- 
: iidized from state funds. The student pays a small amount of 
: he total cost; the state p&ys the remainder. In the case of 
- he private college the differenc between the student's tuition 
: ind the total cost, must be paid by gift, income from andow- 
: nent or grants from the state. 

: IV Why should denominations maintain colleges? — Why 
= jiot let the state institutions educate all youth? — Five rea- 
: ons why such a procedure can not be followed: 
r First: Christian denominations must keep their colleges 
pen, as they lieep their churches open, for emphasis on 
J Christian teaching. 

J Second: Christian denominations must have a supply of 
J )hristian laymen and leaders. State schools can not supply 
;ch leaders and laymen. 

Third: Christian denominations can only exist as they train 
laders. This is the duty of denominations and not state 

Fourth: Christian denomination are in need of Chrsitian 
I jrofessional men and women. They need, not only ministers, 
• ut doctors, lawyers and professional people of all types. 

. Fifth: Christian denominations must Iceep the channels of 
I jhristian democracy open. If the private colleges of this 
I Juntry are closed, we may be in danger of regimented and 
\ mtrolled education. 

I V. Why should there be another drive for funds? — We have 
I ad three such drives. — Because we have not given enough to 
J eet the needs of Ashland. 

\ Other denominations have aslied for one million, two ;nil- 
J an and in the case of the University of Chicago, twenty niil- 
j on. In the past we have asked for fifty thousand dollars, one 
\ mdred fifty thousand dollars and two hundred thousa:id do - 
\ Irs. Because of changing conditions, our total of about "our 
\ undred thousand dollars is not enough. If we had raised a 
} jillion dollars in the past we might not need additional 
3 joney. We didn't raise any such sum. Now we come back to 
- 1 uncompleted task. 

A denominational college can not be self-supporting, for 
e same reason that a church can not become self-sunport- 
: g. The very nature of the institution makes it impossible to 
■ 1 so. It must carry on and that means that the church which 
pports it must give generously to its program. The Breth- 
n Church, if it would continue, must give to the support of 
5 agencies which support it. To do less would mean death t.) 
e denomination. 

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The Northern California Brethren Berea Band met for the 
second institute of 1942 on Friday, February 6th, at the 
Brethren church at Stockton. There was gladness in many 
faces to see this new church filled. 

Harold Detling, president of the B. B. B. presided. The 
opening was a fifteen minute song sendee, led by Raymond 
Johnson of Manteca. Peter Lacota led the devotions for the 
evening, after which we were favored with a musical number 
on the trombone by Merle Johnson. 

A short talk was given by Virgil Ingraham, who also was 
in charge of a short testimony service. 

We considered it a special privilege to have with us as our 
Guest Speaker, Brother J. Ray Klingensmith, the Missionary 
Secretary of the Brethren Church, who, at that time, was 
conducting evangelistic services at Stockton. We enjoyed a 
very challenging message. We are hoping that we may have 
the pleasure of another visit from Brother Klingensmith in 
the near future, and may the Lord continue to bless him in his 

The Lord willing, we look forward to many more such 
institutes of spiritual gathering. 

Mrs. Nora Liddicoat, Sec'y. of B. B. B. 

Sunday morning, March 1, was a gala day for the Mason- 
town Brethren Church. New heights had been reached, and 
a hope of years became a tangible reality. 

A few days less than four niontlis, in a topsy turvy world, 
a Sunday School addition had been begun and completed, paid 
for and dedicated. Even though the snowflakes decked the 
incomers there was a god attendance for this day set apart 
for the dedication of the new addition. 

Under efficient supervision, volunteer labor, and economy 
the Masontown Brethren Church now has an additional con- 
servatively valued at $2,000. However, the actual cost to us 
was $1,332.54. Our offerings for the dav of Dedication totaled 
$495.1.5. However, not all this was for the new addition which 
was dedicated free of debt. This was built, and paid for when 
finished, and all other offerings given consideration. This 
cares for the first third of our entire building program which 
when completed will give the Masontown Brethren Church a 
plant which will serve them as long as the church will be 
needed. Unity of efforts, harmony and fellowship, have made 
the construction of the first unit a pleasure. 

There are rooms to the right and to the left of the vestibule, 
from which on each side stairs ascend to the floors above. A 
large room is at the head of each of the stairs, from which 
there is an entrance to the section which may be described 
as a "Balcony". This section is 42 feet long, and twelve feet 
wide. It is divided into four rooms, two of average class room 
size and two larger. Rolling sound |)roof heavy cloth parti- 
tions divide these rooms. Accordion doors open into the main 


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auditorium. A panel work balustrade, with a rail above it 
extends from one end to the other of the balcony. One hun- 
dred people may be seated with view of the speaker in the 
pulpit, when used as a balcony. Above the rooms extending 
to the high ceiling are beautifully colored boards of wood 
fiber, which are sound absorbing. It may be said in this con- 
nection that the new addition has greatly improved the acous- 
tics of the building, and has made speaking much easier. The 
ceilings are paneled in beautiful grained plywood, which 
has been finished to bring out the beauty of the grain. 
There are small doors between each room doing away 
with the necessity of raising or lowering the partitions. 

The four rooms which are now in the balcony section of 
the main auditorium may be entered from the room at the 
top of either stairway. The stairs are open and are beauti- 
fully designed. The three lights under the balcony section, 
are Fluorescent. The lights in the main Auditorium have also 
been changed to Fluorescent. This project was in addition 
to the addition which has just been dedicated. Their value 
would add another $100.00 to the improvements. Of course 
they were paid for when secured. 

One of the Trustees who has had a part in designing 
and planning the work remarked to the writer when the 
work was completed, "That is making good use of a lot of 
waste space." All in all we are thankful for what has been 
accomplished, and have no intention of stopping here, but 
to press on to other tasks that await us. 

Freeman Ankrum, Pastor. 


The Young People's and Junior Endeavor societies planned 
and conducted a very beautiful and helpful Christian En- 
deavor Anniversary program on February first, at the time 
of the evening worship service. 

A special offering was received amounting to $13.50 which 
was sent to the World's Christian Endeavor Union. 

Last Sunday night, February 22nd, the same young people 
had a debate on the subject: "Resolved, That Home Missions 
are a greater factor in church work than Foreign Missions." 
This created a great deal of fine enthusiasm and brought 
forth some excellent thinking from both sides. No decision 
was given. 

Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith is expected here in Louisville to 
lead in a two weeks series of special pre-Easter services, 
terminating on Palm Sunday. Four committees are organized 
and working in preparation for this event. 

A week ago there was one confession of Christ and a re- 
consecration of a young mother. 

Church and Sunday School officers were recently elected 
and the pastor recalled for another year. 

E. M. Riddle, pastor. 

Mr. Enlow is a clerk, and has been a student of the Califomi 
State teachers College, of California Pa. Mrs. Enlow is tli 
popular daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Swisher of Masontowi 
likewise members of the Masontown Brethren Church. Th 
couple will make their home in Masontown. The best wishe 
of their many friends accompany them as they joume 
through life together. 

Freeman Ankrum. 

HUNT— MALONE. At the Masontown Brethren Churcl 
Sunday morning February 22 at 11:35, occurred the weddin 
of Raymond Hunt of Uniontown, Pennsylvania and Miss Verd 
Malone of Masontown, Pennsylvania. A large group of friend 
and relatives witnessed this pretty church wedding at the clos 
of the morning service. The wedding march was played b 
Mrs. Sallie Griffeth Dugan. The groom is employed by th 
Frick Company. Mrs. Hunt is one of the Pianists of th 
Masontown Brethren Church, and has a host of friends wh 
%\'ish them well. She is a Dental technician, and is employe 
by a local Dentist. Ceremony by her Pastor, the undersignei 

Freeman Ankrun 

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BEVER — Mrs. Roy Bever, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Georg 
Kaiser, was born in Williams County, Ohio, near Bryan an 
passed away at her home in Bryan on February 26, 1942, a 
the age of 46 years, 2 months and 12 days. 

She was united in marriage to Mr. Roy Bever and to thi 
union was bom two children. One son died in infancy. 

She united with the Brethren Church in 1912. She wa 
very active in the work of the church and was interested i 
every part of the church work. She organized the Good Wil 
Class about five years ago and was their teacher as long a 
she was able. The church as well as the family and communit 
has suffered great loss. She was a very capable woman an 
had a lovely personality. 

She leaves her husband and one son, Robert, at home; tw 
brothers, James Kaiser of Dearborn, Michigan and Vern Kais 
er of Bryan, also two sisters, Mrs. Roy McDowell of Ney, Ohi 
and Mrs. Ray Eagle of Bryan, together with a host of friendi 

The services were in the Brethren Church of Bryan on Sur 
day afternoon, March 1, conducted by the undersigned, as 
sisted by Rev. S. M. Whetstone. 

C. A. Stewaii 

ENLOW— SWISHER. At the First Brethren Church, Cum- 
berland, Maryland, February 11, 1942 at 1:00 P .M., occurred 
the wedding of Elroy Enlow of McClellandtown, Pennsylvania 
and Miss Vivian Swisher of Masontown, Pennsylvania. The 
ceremony was by her Pastor, the writer, and witnessed by 
friends and relatives from Masontown, and from Cumberland. 

SUTTON— Dr. J. Frank Sutton of Bellaire, Ohio, di< 
February 9th, at his home, after a brief illness with hea 
affliction. He formerly lived in Canton, from which pi* 
he moved to Bellaire, where he enjoyed a large medic 
practice and hosts of friends for 20 years. He was a gradua 
of Mt. Union College and received his medical degree at t' 
University of Cincinnati. 

Doctor Sutton was converted during one of the gre 
revival meetings conducted by the late William A. Sunda 
while at Philadelphia. He was baptized by Elder I. D. Bo 
man. His highly useful ministry to the sick and afflict 
was cut off at the age of 58 years. 

He leaves his devoted wife, Mrs. Zippa Summers Sutt 
and a son Howard, who will soon enter government sen'i 
Also a brother and a sister both of Glencoe, Ohio. 

Services were conducted at Bellaire and also at Canti 
The latter services were in charge of the undersigned. Inti 
ment at Louisville. E. M. Riddli 

Bretliren Evangelist 

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Benevolent Financial Report for February 15 

Ashland Christian Endeavor Moves Forward 15 

Laid to Rest ■. 15 

Memorial Services for Dr. W. H. Beachler 16 


Waterloo, Iowa, Church we glean the following: 

"We dedicated our new Kimball Pipe Organ on February 
1st and it is such a fine addition to our services. 

"Three fine folk accepted Christ in last Sunday's services. 
A father and son and a fine young man. The father had 
been a member of another church, but wished (with his wife 
and son) to unite with our church. 

"Rev. Benshoff is holding a meeting at Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio, at the present time. Rev. G. T. Ronk filled the pulpit 
at both services on March 8th and on March 15th the Wom- 
an's Missionary Society will hold their annual Woman's 
Day meeting with Miss Eliza B. Miller, a missionary of the 
Church of the Brethren, who just finished forty years 
work in India, as the speaker. This should be timely and in- 

ABOVE. Why cannot we have more of the doings of the 
various churches reported to the Editor? Do not be afraid 
to send in your accomplishments, even though someone 
else has done so. Out of those that come we will try to 
make interesting reports for the readers of The Evangelist. 

geantsville, N. J., pastor of the Sergeantsville and Calvary 
Churches, that Sister Black has regained her health and 
that through the goodness of the Lord she has been spared 
for the work. He also reports that at the Calvary Church 
the Sunday School has about doubled its membership as has 
also the Christian Endeavor. Quoting from his letter: "We 
are proud of the fine spirit of cooperation here at Ser- 
geantsville and the work as it goes forward. Pray for us as 
we start our revival services with Bi-other Klingensmith on 
April 5th, at which time a number will be baptized and re- 
ceived into the church." ■ 

We are glad for this good word from this corner of the 
Lord's vineyard. 

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.shall know the doc- 

"He that willeth to do. 

Are these just words? Or do they have a vital 
meaning ? 

Let us see just what we mean when we say "doc- 
trine?" It is a word which has been given far too 
wide a meaning. Doctrine is a rather narrow term. It 
covers a very definite field. The doctrine of the 
Word of God carries the idea of definite performance 
of definite things in the propagation of the Gospel. 
Doctrine carries the idea of doing. It implies compli- 
ance to demands made by the Lord. We talk of the 
doctrine of Baptism, Communion, Laying on of 
hands, etc. 

These doctrines must have been important or they 
would not have found a place in the Scriptures. And, 
if important then, they remain so today. 

Brethren Emphasis 

At our last General Conference an impulse was set 
in motion to make a more definite plea for a greater 
emphasis on the doctrines of the Word. Notice, we 
do not say of The Brethren Church, but rather "of 
the Word." For, after all. The Brethren Church can 
claim no priority on the teachings of the Word to the 
exclusion of the other denominations. We have be- 
come The Brethren Church because we have appro- 
priated these same teachings and doctrines in our 

Nevertheless, if we do less than is commanded in 
the Word, we are not being true to our slogan, "The 
Bible, The Whole Bible and Nothing but the Bible." 

There is something specific in the word "com- 
mand." Command is different from the word "re- 
quest," in that there is the element of compulsion in 
it. In this day of war-time effort we are learning 
again the forcefulness of the word. Men are learning 
once more the lesson of obedience. Why not, there- 
fore, is it not time for the church of the living God 
to put the emphasis on this primary fundamental of 
the Word of God — Obedience? Yes, unquestioned 
obedience to the commands given by our crucified 
and risen Lord. 

We call him "King", "Leader", "Captain of our Sal- 
vation", "Master." He bears the insigna of His rank. 
He has the right to command. And He does. 

How Do We Respond? 

No soldier in the U. S. Army may answer this 
question as do many so-called followers of the Lord. 
Because in the army at the word of command, heels 
click, bodies straighten, hands go to salute and the 
answer immediately is "Your order shall be obeyed." 
Even in the face of withering fire of the often un- 
seen enemy, a command to advance is unhesitatingly 

Dare the soldiers of the Cross do less? Is not our 
cause, the cause of the Church, as challenging as that 
of earthly strife and conflict ? 

Where Should We Place The Emphasis? 

We are now studying, or we should be, the pre- 
pared series of studiesion "Brethren Emphasis." This 
is so named because our National Conference ex- 
pressed a conviction that there should be a definite 
emphasis on the fundamental doctrines as practiced 
by The Brethren Church. There is a general feeling 
among the leaders of the Church that there should 
be definite indoctrination of those who unite with the 
Church in order that they may be able to "give a 
reason for their faith to those who ask it." 

We remember that from the beginning of The 
Brethren Church we have clung tenaciously to "The 
Bible, The Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible," 
as our tenet of faith. We have tried diligently to keep 
our feet upon the pathway that is called "straight." 
We have not had to explain away any portion of the 
Scriptures. We believe it all — we seek to practice it 


But there is a necessity for instruction in the 
Word. "Hear instruction," "Study the Scriptures," 
"Preach the Word," "Think on these things." These 
are scriptural injunctions that need attention from 
each of us. We need be directed in our thinking 
through these same scriptures. That is why we are 
asked again to re-study and re-think our way through 
these lessons. 

Are you cooperating with this definite plan of 
General Conference, and has your church sent in its 
order for the study books ? 


F. C. V. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Evangelism: Its Responsibility 

Rev. L. V. King 

All Evangelist is one who tells the Good News, 
the Gospel of Salvation. This is the chief work of 
the minister, else he is not a true minister of the 
Gospel. Christ has very definitely laid upon the 
the preacher the task of teaching and preaching 
the Good News of the Gospel when He said : "Go 
ye into all the world and teach my Gospel". Paul, 
too, has laid upon every minister the responsibility 
to "Preach the Word". 

In other words it is the responsibility of every 
true minister of the Gospel to build an Evangelist- 
ic Church. Bishop Henderson once said: "Protest- 
antism has waned in her Evangelistic Passion, 
Evangelistic Power and Evangelistic Product". If 
this is true today, it is largely due to the fact that 
the minister himself has lost this Passion and Pow- 
er. So to have an Evangelistic Church the minister 
himself must be an Evangelist, a flaming torch for 
Christ. He himself must be definitely convinced 
that all men arc lost apart from the Gospel of 
Christ. And that if lost he is at least partially re- 
sponsible if they continue lost. 

I believe that Evangelism will work in a local 
church. And it can work successfully even apart 
from an outside evangelist. A church under the 
leadership of its own pastor may become its own 
evangelist. I do not object to calling in an outside 
evangelist occasionally. But surely when the 
Church itself becomes the evangelist she will build 
more securely. She will feel that what has been ac- 
complished has been through her own efforts. She 
will not go forward in spurts, but will find the 
spirit of evangelism working through the entire 
year. She will not leave the impression that the 
only time there can be conversions is during a two 
or three weeks* yearly meeting. 

The natural result of an Evangelistic Church is 
a constant inflow of men, women and children to 
Christ. And this is what the Church needs today to 
encourage her and keep her at her task. 

Too often in the past the Church has taken the 
easy road. We have been content to win the youth 
of the Sunday School. And yet we have greatly 
failed here, for statistics reveal the startling fact 
that many leave the Sunday School without ever 
having made a decision for Christ. One reason for 
this may be that we have been satisfied to simply 
reach out for the youth and have neglected to put 

on a definite crusade to win adult men and wom- 
en. Nor have we made the proper effort to retain 
their interest once they have enlisted in the cause 
of Christ. Is it any wonder that some youth will 
react unfavorably to the call of the Church? We 
seldom need worry about winning children of par- 
ents who are definitely on fire for Evangelism. 

What then can the pastor do to make his church 
an Evangelistic Church? J 

First. He must be definitely evangelistic him- 
self so his people will naturally catch his spirit. I 
do not mean that he shall force this on his people 
by an outside advertisement of his own spiritual 
passion and power. This is never effective. Jesus 
said: "LET your light so shine". And the pastor 
who has this passion himself will soon discover 
that others are catching it from him. No pastor 
will ever be able to raise the standard of h'.s people 
higher than the standards thej^ find in his own life. 
So when the pastor himself once has caught this 
passion he will unconsciously discover that here 
and there his most spiritual leaders are catching it. 

Here then, will be his first opportunity. He 
should immediately interview (privately) those 
who have caught somewhat of his spirit and pas- 
sion. He can then pour out his heart to them and tell 
them of the deep passion that has taken hold of his 
own heart. And how he has seen that passion take 
root and develop in their lives. This little group, 
though they be few, will be his starting point. With 
and through them he will make an effort to visit 
and enlist other officers and leaders of his church 
to a personal commitment of soul-winning and 
personal evangelism. For when a pastor once 
catches that spirit it will not be long until his most 
spiritual leaders will catch the same spirit. And 
this will be a splendid test to him of those that are 
really spiritual. 

The pastor may then visit personally each offic- 
ial of his church and lay before him, individually, 
the passion of his own heart and those who have 
caught it from him. He will endeavor to enlist each 
official to the same definite task of Evangelism. 
Then when one official has enlisted he will in turn 
try and enlist another to the same task. When the 
majority of his leaders have so enlisted he may 
call them together and present to them a definite 
program of Evangelism for the whole Church. 

But he must be very careful that he has so in- 
spired his leaders. If he fails here he will fail in his 

March 14, 1942 

program of Evangelism. As go the leaders so will 
go the entire Church. Each of the outstanding lead- 
ers especially his deacons, Sunday School superin- 
tendent and teachers, must see the need and feel 
the passion of soul winning. When this is done he 
may challenge each of these to likewise challenge 
each of the officials of their various organizations. 
For instance, the Sunday School superintendent 
will make an effort to enlist each of his officers 
and teachers to this same task. Then each of the 
teachers will enlist the officers of his class to the 
definite task of Evangelism. In other words, one 
enlisted officer will immediately enlist another off- 
icer until all the leaders have very definitely com- 
mitted themselves to this great task. 

With the pastor and leaders definitely assigned 
to a definite program of personal soul-winning, it 
will be but natural to enlist each of the pupils and 
followers of the various organizations to the same 
task. And this will not be difficult. The difficulty 
always comes in enlisting the leaders to such a def- 
inite program. Many of them feel that they are tied 
down to the organization itself and they do not 
want to assume any added burden. Just here the 
pastor must not only show his leaders their respon- 
sibility but they must be able to see the results of 
such a program. This phase of the subject is dwelt 
with in another article so suffice to say here that 

if our leaders once grasp the benefits of evangel- 
ism it will no more be a task but a real joy to them. 

The Church should now be ready to go out two 
by two out into the highways and byways and in- 
vite men to come in to the feast. For now they have 
something worthwhile to offer to men. And we go 
out two by two in order to win one by one. Here 
and there we find a prospect. Sometimes in un- 
likely places and where we least expect it. 

We have often said that we must get the unsav- 
ed to the Church IF we are to win them to Christ. 
This is true. But what if they will not come? Then 
we must take the Gospel to them. This is what the 
early Church did. They went everywhere preach- 
ing the Word. Those that were saved, saved oth- 
ers, and those that were told, told others. And the 
Lord added daily to the Church these that were 
saved. And we will discover as we take the Gospel 
to them, that they will soon be coming to the 
Church to hear it from the pulpit. 

And our task is not to convert men. Our task is 
simply to take the Gospel to them. Christ said : 
"And I IF lifted up will draw^ all men unto my- 
self." This is the task of the Church. And this will 
be true when the Church becomes the Evangelist. 
— Ashland, Ohio 


The Recompense of Evangelism 

In discussing this subject it is needless to say, that 
* evangelism was the program that Christ gave His 
church. His final charge to his Disciples was — GO 

The church had its origin, growth and life in evan- 
gelism. No church or minister is worthy of the name 
Christian that is not witnessing and endeavoring to 
lead the lost to Christ. 

The compensation of evangelism is threefold; to 
the church, the soul winner and the one saved. 


A soul winning church is never a "fussing" church, 
never a dead one, or in the red. 

The best cure for empty pews, balancing the budg- 
et and indifference, is evangelism. 

Blessed is that church whose membership has a 
passion for souls and whose minister is a soul winner. 

Dr. William S. Bell 

Year around evangelism will settle all of your 
church problems. This program will bear the fruit of 
fraternity, love, brotherhood and an outflow of spirit- 
ual living in prayer, faithfulness, service and giving. 

The compensation of evangelism to the church is 
life, growth, Uving, giving, witnessing and power. 


There is no compensation of service that brings as 
large returns as that of leading men and women to 
know Christ as Lord. 

This experience enriches one's life spiritually, 
makes faith stronger, love deeper and Christ nearer. 

It leads to the prayer life, and close communion 
with God; gives the satisfaction that you have not 
lived in vain and that you are workers together with 

The Brethren EvangeKst 


The redemption of a lost soul is beyond human 
estimate: God has placed the highest price that 
heaven could make— HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. 

SAVED FROM WHAT? Saved from sin and its 
awful consequences: SAVED from the wrath of the 
judgment on sin: Saved from the death of the soul: 
SAVED from the eternal night of outer darkness. 

The compensation of salvation is from death to life 
— from condemnation to justification — from shame 
to glory — from slavery to liberty, from hopelessness 
to hope — from alienship to sonship and heirship of 

In this brief article we realize our limitation and 
have endeavored to point out a few of the compen- 
sations of evangelism, which we pray God may 
possess eveiy member and minister of the Church of 



"The husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of 
the fruits." 2 Timothy 2:6. 

There must be work, especially with persistent exertion, if 
one will — what every farmer or gardener naturally wishes — 
actually gather the fruits of his fields. The farmer knows 
full well that according- to the labor put into the soil will 
be its productiveness. 

It is useless to put seed into the soil unless that soil be 
first prepared for it. If you sow the seed on the hard surface, 
or in poor thin soil, you can expect little or no result. The 
soil of the garden must be turned up and the plow break 
that of the field. The earth nmst be loose and soft, and the 
stones taken out of it, and if there are roots oi' stumps or 
weeds, they must be torn up and thrown away. The disk, 
the harrow, the weeder, the pulverizer and other implements 
must be used. Finally all is in readiness for the sowing of 
the seed. 

The seed is selected according to the crop rotation, the 
soil, various resistant qualities with reference to plant dis- 
eases, etc., etc. Some seeds are sown very shallowly, others 
quite deeply in comparison. After that, when the plants 
begin to grow, some kinds are cultivated, especially corn 
and vegetables in our own territory. 

Then comes the harvest with its toil and sweat. But the 
grain, the fruit, the vegetable, all are most welcome and 
gladly received. The farmer, the gardener, the fruit grower 
does not count the labor, the unrelenting toil, even the faint- 
ness of weariness to be too much of a price to be paid for a 
splendid crop. 

In making our spiritual application, let us observe that 
surely every one desires to reap a plenteous harvest of that 
which is g-ood and which will be a blessing throughout eter- 
nity. The Prophet Isaiah, in recording the words of the Lord, 
says, 55:2, "Wherefore do ye . . . labor for that which 

satisfieth not?" God also says in Hosea 10:12, "Sow to your- 
selves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow 
ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain 
righteousness upon you. Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have 
reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou 
didst ti-ust in thy way." 

"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy." 
Jesus Christ is our righteousness — for we are all unrighteous 
before God! No one is righteous before Him, no not one. If 
we are righteous in His sight, it is because we love Jesus 
Chi-ist His Son and have claimed Him as Savior. Then God 
will see us in Him. Christ is our righteousness and we can- 
not be righteous or upright in any other way. No one, let 
him try ever so hard or ever so long, can be upright before 
God, except as clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

You must "sow to yourselves in Christ." And what will you 
heap '.' "Mercy." Though you are a poor sinner, yet if you sow 
faith in Christ you will reap mercy, you will reap salvation, 
the promise of an inheritance in heaven, for you are then made 
a son of God and a joint heir with Christ. 

St. Paul says in Galatians 6:7, "Whatsoever a man soweth, 
that shall he also reap." Many years ago when people first 
began to go from the British Isles to Australia to establish 
homes thexe, a Scotchman missed two things that were famil- 
iar in his own glens and valleys at home. The one was the 
bee, and the other was the Scotch thistle. He managed to get 
both sent out to him. Soon he had swarms of bees busy and 
murmuring about him, and honey on his table. This was all 
well, but he probably came to regret having brought the 
other, the thistle, from its distant home; for the thistle-down 
was soon carried all around by the wind, and sprang up 
everywhere. His wheat crop was none the better for this; 
neither were his neighbors' fields. That downy stranger, 
he had in an evil hour invited, preached to him and to many 
far and wide a silent sermon on "Whatsoever a man soweth, 
that shall he also reap." 

You labor, you cultivate, you sow, you leap, but what is 
your harvest? 

Sow a thought, reap an act; 

Sow an act, reap a habit; 

Sow a habit, reap a character; 

Sow a character, reap a destiny. 

Sow Christ in your life and you will reap a heavenly 
home; sow Satan and sin in your life and you will reap hell, 
whether you believe it or not. And HELL IS SIN RIPE, 

God has so many different ways of paying wages that it 
sometimes happens that we do not realize we have been paid. 

No question has ever been settled because the people who 
argued it began calling one another names. . . 


The transfigured Christ. Luke 9: 

Christ meets human need. Luke 9: 

Hungry men feci. Matthew 14:14-21 
Compassion for the helpless. Luke 

The need of salvation. John ;J:7-17 
"I will help thee." Isaiah 41:10-18 
God cares for my soul. Psalm 142:1-7 







March 14, 1942 


Written years ago, but the following lias a practical application for us today. It has been selected from the writings of 
W. S. Bowden. 

Revival methods change with the passing of the 
years, but there are some great eternal truths rela- 
tive to revivals. As we enter another revival season 
it is well for us to pause to consider revival under 
four heads. 

1. The Need of a Revival 

A consideration of present spiritual conditions in 
jthe church and also in the world shows that revival 
is needed. We need not be surprised at the alarming 
conditions in the world as long as the church is not 
alive for God. A live church may exist and thrive in 
a wicked world, but world conditions are likely to be 
jworse if the church is dead. 

A revival is needed along doctrinal lines. Every 
jfundamental doctrine is being denied in high places 
jthese days. The reliability and divine authority of 
;the Scriptures are questioned on every hand. Church 
jmembers seem anxious to accept anything new with- 
Wit an honest investigation to discover if that which 
is new is also true. The Holy Spirit is grieved and the 
power of God is withdrawn when the Word of God 
is neglected or ignored. God works through men when 
they do not see eye to eye on all points of doctrine, 
but the devil works through those who deny to the 
Bible any higher authority than last year's almanac. 

The spiritual state is bad because the doctrinal 
state is bad. Temporal prosperity is luiing many 
church members to their ruin. The placing of undue 
emphasis in many places upon social and humani- 
tarian schemes has caused the church to forget the 
source of spiritual power. Because men are "lovers 
of pleasure more than lovers of God ; having a form 
of godliness, but denying the power thereof," we 
need a revival. Many churches are sound in the faith 
as far as standing for the great doctrines of the 
Word is concerned, but they are spiritually dead at 
jthe same time. Yes ; a revival is needed. 

2. Objections to a Revival 

■ The devil always objects to God's work. He always 
ifinds souls ready to urge his objections. 

1. "A state of revival is an abnormal conditin in 
the church." It should rather be said that an abnorm- 
al condition already in the church makes a revival 
Inecessary that the church might be brought back to 
a normal condition. Nowhere in God's Holy Word do 
>I read that a listless, lifeless state is the normal state 
jaf God's church. In places almost too numerous to 
Imention I read that the church should be full of 
jdivine life and power. Revivals are Scriptural. 

2. We have such peculiar conditions here- Answer: 
We have a peculiar God who is equal to all peculiar 
conditions. All we have to do is to fall into line with 
the plan of God. 

3. A revival means too much excitement. A real 
revival means earnestness but not excitement in the 
sense of fanticism. We need to fear coldness and 
deadness more than excitement. 

4. So many converts do not hold out. Yes; but 
many do hold out, and it is not God's fault that all 
do not. Shall I hesitate about getting a drowning 
man out of the water for fear he might afterward 
fall into the water and drown anyway? When our 
Lord was upon earth, "many of His disciples went 
back, and walked no more with Him" (John 6:66). 
Others did remain faithful, and to that fact we owe 
the best in our civilization. 

3. Prerequisites to a Revival 

We might speak of hinderances to a revival such 
as cherishing a harsh, unchristian spirit, unwilling- 
ness to right the past and do God's will in the pres- 
ent. However, if we give good heed to the following 
ways and means of securing a true revival we will 
fight shy of all hinderances. 

1. Sense the need. Be still before God till you do 
sense the need. 

2. Repent of sin. Right the wrongs. Luke 17:3,4; 
19:8; Matt. 6:14,15. 

3. "Yield yourselves unto God" — wholeheartedly. 
Rom. 6:13; 12:1. 

4. Pray. Prayer has had an important part in every 
true revival. Rom. 8:26, 27; Eph. 6:18. 

5- Exercise faith. We are to meet the other con- 
ditions and then claim the revival by faith. Jas. 1:6, 
7; Heb. 11:6. 

6. Work. Faith without works is dead. We cannot 
work up a revival if we fail to meet the God-given 
conditions, but work has a place in every true revival. 
Jas. 2:14,26. 

"Wilt Thou not revive us again; that thy people 
may rejoice in Thee?" Psa. 85:6. 

4. Revival Blessings 

Revival means renewed life- A revival is a return 
to life and vigor from a state of languor and decay. 
Those who are more spiritually minded sense the 
need of revival today. A consideration of the speci- 


The Brethren Evangelist 

fie blessings of a revival should lead us to cry out 
to God for a heaven-sent revival. 

Ilevival means a deeper spiritual life on the part 
of Christians. It is not a strange and unknown mani- 
festation of the Divine life. It is the same life and 
Spirit in fuller and deeper measure. 

Revival brings joy and gladness to Christian 
hearts. When Philip preached Christ at Samaria and 
many were brought to Christ, "There was great joy 
in that city." If we have lost the joy of the Lord we 
should pray: "Restore unto me the joy of Thy sal- 

Revival brings unity and power to the church. It 
sweeps away the man-made partitions that separate 
the children of God and brings us into the unity of 
the spirit and the communion of the saints. 

Revival brings power to the church. There is 
power in unity. The Lord is pleased to manifest His 
power in revivals- There will be power in prayer, 
power in song, power in service. Giving will be easy. 

Revival brings love for God and love for souls. How 
often with Christians love for God is weak and love 
for souls almost lacking. There may be just a spark 
of the Divine life present. That spark needs to be 

fanned into a flame. A revival brings the love that 
yearns, agonizes and sacrifices for the lost. 

Revival means special workers for the church of 
the living God. Not all special workers have been 
called in revival meetings; many have. The mission 
fields will share in the blessing of a revival. 

Revival gives hope its true place in the Christian 
life. The Christian often lives so much in the present 
that faith and hope cease to be strong. A revival 
causes the Christian to rejoice in hope and long and 
pray for the coming of the Lord Himself. 

Revival means the salvation of lost souls. Primar- 
ily a revival has to do with the church, but the over- 
flow of the blessing means conviction and conver- 
sion of sinners. 

"There shall be showers of blessing, 

Precious reviving again ; 
There -shall be seasons refreshing, 

Sent from the Saviour above. 
Showers, showers of blessing 

Showers of blessing, we need ; 
Mercy drops 'round us are falling, 

But for the showers we plead." 


Whdt Ashland College Means to Brethren Youth 

Prof. Louis G. Locke, English Department, Fredericksburg, Virginia 

In a recent address a prominent educator declared that the 
greatest problem which America faced was not a question of 
sufficient manpower but the question of enough trained lead- 
ership for the years following the war. Likewise the Breth- 
ren Church, in order to insure its perpetual existence must 
provide itself with generation after generation of trained 
Christian leaders, both lay and ministerial. Ashland College 
was founded for this purpose, and it is for this purpose that 
it must be perpetuated. 

Guaranteeing a sufficiency of trained religious leaders for 
the future is one of the most necessary demands pressed up- 
on The Brethren Church of the present. If the Church is to 
continue a vigorous and growing denomination, it will have to 
have a never-failing supply of educated workers — pastors, 
missionaries for the home and foreign fields, and lay workers, 
both men and women. Experience has shown the Church that 
this supply can best be furnished by Ashland College. If one 
will but consider for a moment, one will be forcefully re- 
minded of what the College means to the Church today, for 
an overwhelming preponderance of our leaders, perhaps as 
many as three-fourths, have been trained at Ashland. Any- 
one who is not thoroughly convinced of the future indispen- 
sibility of our Church College needs only to consider the vital 
relation it bears to the Church today. 

Granting the necessity for a trained leadership in the 
Church of the future — and we must always remember to take 
a long-range view whenever we ai-e considering questions of 
important denominational policy — let us insist on something 
more than a trained leadership. We must have an inspired 

Christian leadership. Now Brethren youth can receive a lib- 
eral education in many places other than in their own church 
college. So also can the youth of all other denominations. The 
non-denominational colleges and universities in general of- 
fer sound instruction in learning, both scientific and humane; 
they have Grecian or neo-Gothic buildings; their athletic 
teams are famous. The minds of their graduates are very 
often educated, but are their souls inspired with Christian 
zeal ? In order that the future leaders of our Church may be 
inspired, as well as trained, it is advisable for them to spend 
four or more years in environment in which the doctrines of 
Christianity are held in highest reverence and where they are 
not only mentioned, but taught. Our church people have fre- 
quently been told to fear the atheism which is said to be 
rampant in institutions which are not church-affiliated. It is 
the writer's opinion, based on almost ten year's e.xperience 
in non-church institutions that there is not nearly so much . 
atheism in these places as there is absolute indifference to re- i 
ligion. Leaders of our Church have occasionally emerged from 
secular educational environments, but we dare not stake the 
Church's future, its very existence, upon this uncertain phe- 
nomenon. Rather, Brethren youth ought to be urged to avail 
themselves of the opportunity of securing an education in a 
Christian college, where with the instruction of the classroom, 
the work of the laboratory, the association with faculty and 
fellow students, they may breathe a Christian atmosphere. 

And finally, in addition to an educated and inspired leader- 
ship the Church of the future must be given a Brethren lead- 
ership. The fact has already been noted that a young man can 

March 14, 1942 

indeed secure a very good secular education in a non-denomin- 
ational College. He can even benefit by the Christian inspir- 
ation of a church college of some other denomination. But 
where, other than at Ashland, will he be taught by a Breth- 
ren faculty? Where else will he receive instruction in lue 
doctrines and ordinances held only by the Brethren Church? 
Yet it is on the acquisition of these very qualities that the 
perpetuation of our denomination depends. Unless the Breth- 
ren Church expects to become indistinguishable from a num- 
ber of other Fundamentalist denominations, it must have 
leaders trained in the history and tenets of Brethrenism. This 
is the challange and the promise which Ashland College and 
Seminary holds out to Brethren youth. 





Dr. E. G. Mason 

News from your educational institution has been 
fragmentary all year. This is to be regretted and 
the only excuse for it is the common one given, 
"busy". This is not a good reason but time goes so 
rapidly and so many demands are made upon our 
time due to the War emergency that the matter of 
providing news for the Evangelist is easily forgot- 
ten or deferred. But the absence of a published 
news ai-ticle is no indication that there is no news 
from the College and Seminary. There has been 

The Selective Service, jobs in industry, partic- 
ularly the war industries, are taking their toll of 
college students. Strange as it may seem, the Sem- 
inary is also affected in the same way. We believe 
that college students should plan to complete their 
college courses if possible. In fact, the government 
officials including the War and Navy depart- 
ments urge it because total defense means post- 
war adjustments and a lasting peace. Certainly 
this war will be over sometime. No war in the past 
has lasted forever, and this one too, will end in 
time. After it is over then we will need trained men 
and women to take over the task of reconstruction 
and the making of a permanent peace. It seems 
foolish for either students or parents to wait to see 
how things come out before laying plans for the 
future. To wait is foolish. To keep right on hope- 
fully in preparation for the future is wise. This is 
a good philosophy but the difficulty is found in 
trying to get others to see it and act accordingly. 

Our total attendance including students in all de- 
partments for full time or part time was reduced 
from 652 last year to 532 this year. This is a total 
reduction of 120 students or a little more than 18 
;per cent. Although the picture is not entirely clear 

because these figures include all students register- 
ed and greater or less variations occur in different 
departments. This reduction is about normal for 
all colleges based upon the reports we have at 
hand. To compensate for the reduction of student 
numbers, we have succeeded in reducing ex- 
penses, by staff and expense budget reductions. 
We hope to close the year with a balanced budget 
or at least a small deficit. It i^ now too early to 
prophesy the outcome but we are hopeful. The de- 
crease in students for the second semester was 
about the same as that for the first, over the totals 
last year. We hope to off -set this loss by an increase 
of new students next year. 

To increase our attendance we have increased our 
efforts to secure new students and are accelerating 
our programs so that students may complete all the 
requirements for graduation in a shorter period 
than the traditional four years- To do this a student 
must attend the summer sessions. Any average stu- 
dent by attending the summer sessions with a nor- 
mal load, may complete the degree in three years 
and three summers. The above-average student may 
be able to reduce the time to three years and two 
summer sessions. Superior students may carry extra 
hours and complete the work in as short a period as 
twenty-seven months. These, we feel, are excellent 
opportunities for young people to secure their educa- 
tions in as sliort a period of time as possible. It is 
one way to conserve our human power. 

Ashland College and Seminary should be the 
school towards which all Brethren young people 
should turn first. We can give work for at least one 
and probably more years of work in almost any field. 
Certainly every Brethren family with children look- 
ing toward college should make every effort to find 
out first what can be obtained at Ashland before 
considering another college. We try to get this in- 
formation to all of our people, but may not always 

The greatest need of the Brethren Church at the 
present time is more ministers and lay workers. 
These must be supplied largely from Brethren fam- 
ilies before we will be able to make the progress we 
ought to make. Let us bend our efforts from now on 
toward this goal and send more Brethren students 
to Ashland to prepare in these fields. 

Since Rev. H. H. Rowsey resigned as Alumni Sec- 
retary, Field Representative and Ptiblicity Director, 
we have employed Mr. Arthur P. Petit to take his 
place. Rev. Frederick Haag is assisting Mi'. Petit on 
a part-time basis. With these men, we are endeavor- 
ing to get Ashland College before more Brethren 

The Faculty members are active, just as active as 
they have always been in serving the Community 
and the Church. Dr. Jacobs is on leave this semester 
and is gathering materials for his classes. He is 


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now in California. Professors Stuckey and Lin- 
dower and Dean Ronk are going out to Churches 
when called. Dean Ronk i-ecently visited West Al- 
exandria which has been without a pastor foi- some 
time, and arranged to have Rev. E. J. Beekley, a sen- 
ior in the Seminary, serve the congregation 
there. Dr. Lindower has been serving the Loyal 
Brethren at Canton,. Ohio. Professor Stuckey serv- 
ed the South Bend, Indiana, congregation during 
the summer and early fall and now goes out almost 
weekly to other Bi'ethren Churches. 

Other members of the Liberal Arts Faculty go 
out frequently. Dr. Puterbaugh spent a week at 
Waterloo, Iowa, recently and filled the pulpit in 
his home church and spoke to young peoples' gath- 
ei'ings at Goshen, Indiana, Milledgeville, Illinois, 
and Waterloo, Iowa. The writei- attended and par- 
ticipated on the programs of the Mid-West and 
Central District Conferences early in October 
and since has s]X)ken to the Falls City, Nebraska, 
congregation. Many other members of the staff 
have rendei'ed similar services to other congrega- 

The center of emphasis at present is on services 
related to the war emergency. As stated above, the 
College curriculum has been speeded up. Com- 
mencement this year will come on June 1 rather 
than on June 11, in order to make a longer sum- 
iner session possible. The summer session will now 
begin on June 8. The physics department is offer- 

ing a radio course in cooperation with Ohio State 
University at government expense. Other such 
courses may be given in the future.- Greater 
interest is shown in the evening classes and the 
courses offered are largely related to Defense ef- 

The student body is also active. The Gospel 
teams are going out and doing effective work. The 
College young people are cooperating in a careful- 
ly planned pi'ogram of the Park Street Brethren 
Church under the able leadership of Rev. L. V. 
King, the pastor. The Debate teams are active and 
doing good work. The A Cappella choir is plan- 
ning a trip among the Churches of Indiana but is 
meeting some transportation problems because of 
the tire situation. A group of college students will 
soon attend a conference on post-war adjustments 
at Oberlin College. 

The Seminary is also speeding up its program 
in order to assist young men to complete their Sem- 
inaiy courses in a shorter period of time. The ac- 
celei'ation or speeding up seems to be the thing to 
do now and the Seminary is planning to do its 
share. More complete infomation will be forthcom- 
ing soon. 

In spite of a decreased attendance, Ashland Col- 
lege is moving steadily forward but we need the co- 
operation of all the Churches in our forward move- 

I Went to a Communion 

Another Meditation 

During a long period of church membership, I 
have attended many communions. It lias long been 
my purpose never to carelessly absent myself be- 
cause I regard it as the richest of Christian exper- 
iences and a most sacred duty. To this purpose I hope 
to remain faithful until the "kingdom of God shall 
come", Luke 22:18. People rightly expect me to go; 
thej' would be surprised it I should absent myself; 
amazed if I missed a Dunker communion possible for 
me to attend. 

Three Communions 

Recently, I liave attended three communions and 
to the first of these I shall allude very briefly. It was 
a Dunker communion in a great city, held in the eve- 
ning and in this respect conformed to the first one 
instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, if not in all. The 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 


signiticiant thing about tiiis was that it consisted on- 
ly of the Bread and the "Fruit of the vine" in a 
Dunker church according to the usual method of the 
"popular" churches, so-called- 

The ai-gument (or excuse) for this form of service 
held alternately with the more regular Brethren 
from is that in the great cities, the membership often 
includes members of otiier denominations who work 
and worship with them who would be deprived of 
communion if this method were not used. Besides, it 
it not commanded anywhere that any form of serv- 
ice should be followed exactly in every condition and 
on every occasion. In other words, it ought not be a 
sin to take any part of the communion on any oc- 
casion. It sounds logical. I hope it is right. 

A Second One. 

This also was a Dunker communion. It too, differed 
in small details from any I had before witnessed or 

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enjoyed. I'll try to discuss this in more detail because 
t was really beautiful. 

The congregation met in the auditorium of the 
;hurch as usual. The order of service was I'egular 
!ven to the choir' i-esponses and the offering. The 
sermon was fitting if not old-fashioned. Then, all 
vere dismissed to the basement where followed the 
vashing of the saint's feet. Not all did this; even 
some long-time Dunkers did not. (I was made to won- 
iei- if they desired to be omitted fioni the list of the 
saints). Read I Tim. 5:10. This finished, all went to 
;he dining room of the church for the supper and the 
iacred emblems. This was quite old-fashioned even to 
the soup. It was good, too. 

The advantage of this form of service is that it 
orovides a very beautiful devotional service and of- 
fers the oppoilunity for .some, easily to omit such 
part of the service as to them "is not of faith"; and 
'without faith it is impossible to please God." Ilelx 
11:16. One must pi-ove faith by works (James 2:14) 
but works do not prove that one has faitii. It is bet- 
;er to omit than to pietend in sacred and solemn 
,hings for God sees all pretense and hates it. They 
vho thus falsify, have their reward already. Matt. 
5:9. Withal, the will of the Lord is not confusing, 
sa. 35:8. 

The Third One. 

This was also in a great city chuich. The entire 
lemce with all the usual ritual and the choii- was 
nost appropriate and tjeautiful. The sei-mon was 
'ery fitting and full of scriptural leferences. The 
lUdience consisted of hundreds of the city's elite. 
Nhen the time all but came foi- the benediction, the 
ilders of the churcii, at signal, distributed leal wine 
md leavened bread. It did not take much time. The 
lintire service was dignified, solemn and elevating. 

The criticisms this Dunker would make here are: 
1) It was not administered in the evening. Matt. 
;2:24; Mark 14:17; John 13:4. (2) The Bread was 
leavened and the wine, no longer the "fruit of the 
''ine" as Jesus used. Luke 22:18. (3) There was no 
Lord's .Supper like Jesus ate. John 13- The Bread and 
IVine were not taken "after supper". Luke 22:20. (4) 
rhey did not wash one another's feet. 

But one asks: Why bring in feet-washing? 
Tie answer is; because Jesus made it a part of the 
irst communion. But one answers: it seems so un- 
lecessary. The answer is: to whom? If it is so un- 
lecessary, why did Jesus do it? Wliy give it every 
ispect of an ordinance? Why insist on it in three dif- 
ierent ways? John 13: "Ye ought", V 14; "Ye 
'hould", V. 15 ; "Happy are ye if ye do", V. 17. He 
laimed Divine authority (one of few times in his 
ninistry) in introducing it. V. 3. 

But one replies: that was a meie formality. Was 
t? Read John 13 again. Jesus was a gi'eat teacher of 
orms. James insists it is the only way : through form 

to spirit. Ch. 2. Jesus' coming to earth was by "tak- 
ing the form" of man;"being fashioned as a man". 
He died on a form — the cross. Phil. 2:5-8. 

Healing the blind man, Jesus (1) spat on the 
ground, (2) made clay of the spittle, (3) anointed 
the eyes of the blind man, then commanded formal- 
ity; "go wash in the pool of Siloam". Result: he 
came seeing. John 6:6,7. What if he had not gone to 
wash ? 

Returning to his own city (Luke 4) Jesus (1) en- 
tered the synagogue, (2) stood up to read, (3) sat 
down to preach — common foinialities in a synagogue. 
Vs. 16,20. 

But the greatest of all of his formalities (so- 
called) was his attitude to baptism. He insisted on it 
for himself. Matt- 3:13-17. He pi'acticed it. John 4:1. 
He willed it to the world. Matt. 28:19. His Fathei- 
fiom heaven .sanctioned it and was "well pleased." 
Mark 1 :11. 

God could have caused cliildi'en to come as easy 
as painless fishes; but he did not for reasons we be- 
lieve we can conjecture. Man might have obtained 
his food void of the "sweat of his face" had he not 
sinned. The gi-eatest blessings .seem to cost most. 
Man lost heavily when he sinned. How much, only 
eternity will reveal. Now, we must find the way 
back through the will of God. It is revealed to us in 
his Wor'd. To that will we must yield to find salva- 
tion. Obedience means follow foi'ms- 

Behind yieldedness which is another word for 
obedience is the blessing- 2 Chron. 30:8. God 
the humble with grace. Matt. 23:12. Praying and 
obeying, aie always through form. "Teach us to 
pray" they begged; not how to say prayei's. The 
very emblems of the broken body and shed blood 
take through form to essence. To this, I believe all 
Christians agree. 

"The lettei- killeth but the spirit giveth life". So 
said Paul, 2 Cor. 3:6, which is to declai'e that fomis 
are void unless they bring us to the spiiit. But when 
they cried out on Pentecost: "what shall we do", the 
insi)ired and courageous I'eter encouraged, "repent 
and be baptized". And 3,000 of them did and then he 
said, "ye shall receive the gift of the Spirit" — 
thj'ough form to spirit There is no promise of the 
spirit save through form. Both are necessary to ob- 
tain the fullness of blessing. To that yield and to no 
deviation from it- 

Now I have not condemned nor commended any of 
these forms of communion. Nor shall I. "Better a 
half loaf than none," may yet be our cry literally, be- 
fore we liave finished these terrible, gastly wars, 
with respect to our daily bread. "We all come short 
of the glory of God" somehow, somewhei'e, 
some would be perfect; but the lowest thing that can 
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The National Sunday School Association 
oF the Brethren Church 

t. I.. MILLER 

General Secretary 

Jesus — Our Inspiration Rev. Chester F. Zimmerman 

Missionary Education Director National Sunday School Association. 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, 

Look full in His wonderful face; 

And the things of earth will grow strangely 

In the light of His glory and grace. 


When we do this we shall be amazed. The great 
majority of Christians look too much to the world 
and find only disappointment, delusion, and des- 
pair. "Keep looking up" would be an excellent mot- 
to for us to follow. The Christian who does this 
sees anew the plan of God. The disappointments, 
delusions and despairs of this world are relegated 
to the background. The enduring, eternal value 
will automatically come to the fore. Certainly none 
of us want to be accused of being otherworldly. 
But we need have no fear of this when we look un- 
to Jesus. 

Jesus will see to it 
that we see the need of 
humanity. Was not His 
greatest concern the 
suffering and sin curs- 
ed men and women? His 
concern must be our 
concern when we look 
unto Him. The "other- 
world" Christian h a s 
taken his eyes off of 
Christ. One of the se- 
crets of a happy life is 
to do something for 

Forget yourself and your troubles- Put yourself 
whole-heartedly into the task of helping others find 
Christ and supreme happiness through Him. Then 
you too will have found true happiness. The apostle 
Paul in I Thess. 2:19,20 speaks of the crown of re- 
joicing. What is it? It is the soul winner's crown. 
Amazing as it may sound to us Paul likens the 
Thessalonians whom He has led to Christ as His 
crown of rejoicing. He says "For what is our hope, 
or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in 
the presence of our Lrord Jesus Christ at His com- 
ing? For ye are our glory and joy". 

A young convert once asked a counselor if he 
would advise doing something for Jesus. His an- 
swer was a definite "No". Then he added that not 
something but everything should be done for 

Christ. Too often we grow rather proud when w( 
do something for Christ or His Church. Not some 
thing but everything for Him should be our motto 
Evaluate your own actions. Sit in judgment upoi 
your attitudes. Have you been doing your Christ 
ian services because they were your duty or be 
cause you were doing it for Him? These two atti 
tudes are miles apart. They spell the differenc( 
between drudgery and happiness. Do everything 
for Christ and happiness is yours. 

There are many motives that lead us to do mis 
sionary work. The motives based upon our relat 
ion to Christ are the primary and most powerful oi 
all. We are joint-heirs with Christ of all God's bless 
ings. Even more important than this is the ques 
tion of our Salvation. We have been reconciled t( 
God by Him and Him alone. Should this not inspin 

His loyalty and steadfastness to God's plan foi 
our salvation should inspire us also to loyalty. This 
is not a slavish loyalty of ours. It is a whole-heart- 
ed spontaneous loyalty. Because of the new natun 
given us we want to sei've Him. We read daily oj 
men's loyalty and devotion to duty as the.v see it 
Their deeds are almost incredible. Some few hav( 
done nobly in the service for Christ. Multitude; 
more are needed who will show their loyalty to thi 
woiid through their deeds. 

Are you grateful to Christ? Think of His infin 
ite grace that has made possible countless bless 
ings. How can we show our gratitude? We can d' 
this best by showing our faith by obedience. Thi 
word obedience is not a fearful word. Nor is Chris, 
a hard taskmaster. He seldom asks any to go as fai 
as He went. He never asks anyone to do more thaij 
He did. If we are to be obedient we must obey a.| 
of His commands. "Go ye" is one of the first wj 
first we must obey. David Brainerd showed his b' 
a marvelous life of service. He once said, "I wan1 
ed to wear out my life in His service, for His glor:^ 
I rejoiced in my necessary self-denial. I cared nc 
when or how I lived or what hardships I wei 
through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ' 

Finally, He must be our inspiration because ( 
love. He loved us and gave Himself for us. Whjj 
queer creatures we would be if we did not love Hiji 


March 14, 1942 


for this. Why did Raymond Lull say "To Thee, 
Lord, I offer myself, my wife, my children, and all 
that 1 possess"? He spoke from a hea);t filled with 
love. Listen to the words of Zinzendorf, "1 have 
one passion ; it is He and He alone". He loved 
Christ. Love never wearies in service, it always in- 
spires to the highest service. Rev. Robert Glover 
says "Only divine love filling the heart and pervad- 
ing life is equal to the tests and demands of true 
missionary service today". 

C. E, Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic Editor 

Topic for March 22, 1942 


Scripture Lesson— John 14:15,21, 15:12-17. 

For the Leader 

The topic tonight is one of self-examination. We are asked 
to declare ourselves as to whether or not we love Christ. At 
first this may seem foolish to us who are in the Church, but 
■ ;did we ever stop to think how many people who know Christ 
and perhaps belong to the Church never have expressed a 
love for Christ. One thing is certain: it is not hard to tell 
those people who have a love for Christ from those who do 
not. Our very actions and activities clearly show our position 
on this. 

Since today's rush of life apparently leaves very little time 

, for many Church people to give much service to Christ, it is 

" 'highly important that we be willing to show our love for 

' Christ through an earnest and efficient endeavor in the 

preaching of Christ's Gospel. 

Tonight we are mainly interested in the relationship be- 
tween us and of Christ in this matter of obeying His com- 


call the little child-song of three children who said, "I love 
i'ou mother". The first expressed his love, and immediately 
forgot his work, leaving his mother to bring in the wood. The 
second expressed her love; then pouted half the day, and 
nother was glad when she went to play. The third child, too, 
i'xpressed her love; then promised to help her mother and 
through the day she helped all she could. At bedtime, all three 
expressed their love again for their mother. But mother knew 
•vhich one loved her the best. 

Christ says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." But 
low careless we are. Even though we say we love Christ, we 
'orget that we are to serve him, or we pout and fret and fight 
imong ourselves until Christ cannot help but wonder just how 
iiuch we really do love Him. Inasmuch as the possession of 
salvation is at once a commission to serve, it should not be 
lard for us tonight to examine ourselves to see how we stand 
jefore Christ. Full hearted, cheerful service is the best state- 
nent we can make as to our love for Christ. 

SLIGHTLY EMBARRASSING. What would we think of 
m employee who, when appearing for work, would talk at 
iieat length to the boss about how much he appreciated all 
he boss had done for him; only later for that boss to find 

him loitering his time away in some remote part of the fac- 
tory. Without doubt it would be a little hard on the friend- 
ly relationships between the boss and that employee. 

Yet Christ has plainly told us, "He that hath my com- 
mandments and keepeth them, HE is it that loveth Me." 
But how embarrassing it would be for many people who, 
having said they love Christ, to be found of Him in some 
far off place, doing nothing for the Church. And even now, 
Christ is watching and obsei-ving the actions of every Chris- 
tian. We are not fooling Him. 

In examining ourselves, in saying we love Christ, do our 
words sound hollow and empty, or are our words of love re- 
inforced with DEEDS of love and Christian service. All of 
us are intelligent enough to know the right answer to this 

If we are embarrassed by our answer, now is the time to 
reconsecrate ourselves and our life to service to Christ. 
Much is promised to us. Full consecration brings assurance 
of the love of God, the Father and of Chrjst. Also, we are 
assured of the abiding presence of Christ. 

A GREAT TEST. Some time or other, all of us have 
heard a person make great and prolonged profession of his 
love for Christ, only later to see that person refuse to speak 
to another member of the Church. Christ has said that 
those love Him who obey His commands. Here is: given the 
command that we love one another, even as He has loved us. 
Then how can we sanction the conduct of the man above. 

There is a word in connection with Christia:iity which we 
should always keep in mind. That word is, "Consistent'! 
Our testimony demands that we practice it. 

Th** consistency between our words and our deeds de- 
mands that every one of us "'practice what we preach". In 
doing this we will go as far in deed as we do in word. True, 
it requires much Christian grace to love everyone as Chri-t 
loves us, yet Christ has sufficient grace for all of us to use. 
"My grace is sufficient for thee". 

Our service for the Church would be more efficient; we 
would be better workers for Christ, if every Christian 
would meet this great test and prayerfully and tearfully 
make confession of hatreds and evil thoughts, with regard 
to other Christians. It can be done. The world is waiting 
for the first group of Christians who arc- wilhng to fully 
exercise this command of brotherly love. 

AN ORDAINED COMMISSION. Christ tells us that wt. 
are ordained to go out and produce fruits for Him. Through 
to go out and serve Christ by seeking, directly or indirectly, 
this individual ordination we are authorized and instructed 
to bring other people to a saving knov,fledge of Him. Cei'- 
tainly, when we stop and think of the marvelous love which 
Christ and God expressed toward us, we should at once fall 
on our knees and cry, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to 

It is a noble and sacred work in which we are engaged. 
The only light which this war-torn world can know is the 
light of Christ. We are the bearers of this light. Think of 
the agony we should know if one lost soul drops into dark 
eternity because we failed to do our part in holding up the 
light of Christ. Yet that very thing is happening right now. 
How can we say we love Him, if we do not serve Him to the 

Yes, to serve Him will mean giving up much of the 
world's activities. Time spent in Church work cannot be 
spent doing something else, but it cannot be better spent. 
Serving Christ may not bring earthly praise, popularity and 
crowns, but think how much more it will produce in eternal 
glory. Today we should be thinking in terms of eternal glo- 
ries rather than of things of this war-destroyed earth. 
With Christ as our commander of love, let us serve Him. 



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(Continued from page 11) 

befall any of us is to be untrue to our convictions, to 
we believe him to desire of us. 

Summed Up, Long Ago 

"To obey is better than sacrifice and to harken 
than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of 
witchcraft, and stubborness is as the sin of idolatry 
and terraphim. Because tliou hast rejected the word 
of the Lord, he hath also rejected tliee from being 
king". I Sam. 15:22,23. That sums it all up. Dis- 
obedience brings rejection. Rebellion is as idolatry. 
Disobedience and rebellion brought Saul lower and 
lower. He never recovered nor succeeded thereafter. 
Ours is the same God. Let us do better with the 
"forms" than he did. "How shall we escape if we 
neglect"? Heb. 2:3. 

3498 Fairmount Blvd., 
Cleveland, Ohio 


Will the Church 
Be Ready? 

Rev. Frank Gehman 

Once more the nation is plunged into the horrors 
of war. With the masses of our citizenry it is not a 
popular war nor a welcome one. That does not mean 
that the nation and the army will not fight, for now 
that they have no further choice they most certainly 
will figlit and will keep alive the legend of American 
fighting spirit. But it does mean that so far as the 
average civilian and the average soldier are con- 
cerned they would have chosen and preferred peace. 

Contrary to much popular opinion, many — if not 
most — of the "regulars" in our armed units were 
NOT eager for this conflict. They knew better than 
any one else the awful destructiveness of modern 
weapons and they had nO' hankering to be on the re- 
ceiving end of any such action. Add to this the fact 
that other thousands of young men have been sud- 
denly and more or less forcibly inducted into these 
units either thru the selective service plan or thru 
pressure to enlist and you have literally an army of 
men who will not only hold the attention of the en- 
emy for a while, but who have a right to our atten- 
tion and consideration in a wholly different manner. 

A few days ago an Army Chaplain remarked to tiie 
writer that these boys certainly need help and that 
if the Church lielps them now they will not forget it 
wlien tiiey come back- There is a tremendous signif- 
icance to these words, a significance the Church can 
not wisely overlook. Many of them will never come 
back, and as I pen these words almost within sight 
of the Pacific I can not but think of men and boys I 

liave known and liked who are out there somewhei 
in that broad expanse and of whose fate I kno 
nothing. But come what may — unless it be tl 
Lord's Own Coming — great numbers of them are oi 
day coming home again. And they will come out ( 
the blood and mud and slaughter of modern warfai 
witli an everlasting mark on their souls. The Churc 
ought to be ready for that home coming. 

Tliey will represent the biggest army that h£ 
ever come back to this country after any war. The 
will be, on the average, the best educated army ev( 
to come home. And — don't forget it — they will conr 
back asking the greatest number of the most serioi 
questions that a returning army has ever asked- ] 
the Church going to be ready for that return ? Whe 
tlie Russion army was released from its wester 
front in world war No. 1 it went home — to effect rei 
olution. In that revolution nothing suffered moi 
than the established Church. Records reveal that thj 
Church was more a parasite than a useful institutioi 
America will be having an army returning home afte 
this carnage has ended. It is going to be an arm: 
not necessarily of revolutionaries, but an amiy c 
disillusioned men, more or less hardened and cei'taii 
ly deeply affected by their experiences. They will t 
seeing things far differently than when they wer 
forth, and they will want to know the why of man 
things. The Church's record will not be overlooked. 1 
the Church going to be ready for that scrutiny? 

In order to be ready for that day the Church i 

certainly going to have to make good use of the tim 

that remains. I sincerely believe that the time neces 

sary for the return of this army to civilian life wi 

be sufficient to prove the peace churches to hav 

been at least the most consistent of all groups in ou 

nation. For hard headed and hard hearted reason 

of its own the world will reject the stand of thes 

churches as impractical, but it will be compelled t 

admit that they are consistent with their .Christia 

faith. If the world finds these teachings of peace t 

be alien to it, is only so because the truths of Chris 

tianity are alien to the natural thinking of the work 

Thinking men who have been made newly consciou 

of the futilit\- of war and who are freshly aware c 

tlie unmentionable horrors of modem fighting wi 

be forced to agree that the Church has been and : 

right in more wars than tlie world wants to admit. 

But suppose the Church fails her high duty ij 

these increasingly trying days? Suppose she does m 

successfully demonstrate a better way to a warrin 

world — what then? We have not the slightest assu 

ance that the sufferings of this war will turn men 

minds to God. In fact, tlie usual tendency of sue 

things is to harden men. I am pleading that tl 

Cliurch will recognize that lier immediate futui 

destiny may be largely determined by what she doi 

or does not do with the challenges of the presei 

hour. What if the world is skeptical about tlj 

Warch 14, 1942 


[Jhurch's contentions? Many a truth has been estab- 
ished in men's minds only thru repeated demon- 
strations of its truthfulness. The Church must dem- 
onstrate tlie worth of its own preachments if it is to 
jxpect men to listen. 

The war is a great crisis, but so will the eventual 
lome-coming of the men involved in it. God grant 
that the Church may be so faithful to her mission in 
time of war and so useful, not in a party of politic 
nanner, but in a genuinely Christian way, that she 
ivill be thot wholly necessary to peacetime recon- 
struction. And may it be that in the inevitable social 
readjustment that is to follow she may be found 
ready with a proven ministry that will save her, as an 
organized movement, from the destruction that will 
be the fate of numerous other institutions- And now 
is the time to get ready for that day. Our Lord said 
to occupy till He came. If the Church is truly "oc- 
cupying" till He comes, it will be ready for any con- 

— Stockton, California 




(Reporting Gifts from Churches, Organizations 
and Individuals) 

Mrs. C. D. Flickinger (Waterloo) $ 5.00 

|Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Horner (Howe, Ind.) 2.00 

[True Blue Class (Roann) 5.00 

H. B. Imboden & Family (Logan) (5.00 

fUrs. C. W. Shaffer (Johnstown H) 5.00 

JMr. and Mrs. Earl Benshoff (Johnstown I) 5.00 

blive E. Garber (Sapulka, Okla.) 10.00 

lice Conover (New Lebanon) 10.00 

obert Holsinger (Oakvillc) 1-00 

shland Church 154.30 

orth Liberty 31.00 

ary J. Wise 5.00 

barrie Stoffer (N. Georgetown) 2.50 

Hamlin, Kansas: 

N. P. Englin 20.00 

Loose Offering 24.3!) 

\'ew Paris: 

Mrs. H. F. Stuckman 5.00 

Loose Offering 98.16 

\It. Olivet 
lid. Suman (Flora) 

The first offering to reach me was Ashland, followed the 
lext day by North Liberty, Hamlin, New Paris, and Mt. 
i^livet. The March report will give some additional gifts from 
I few that have already reported. For instance, the Ashland 
"hurch now lead with a total offering of $188.35. The next 
argest was received the day this report was made out from 
Vappanee. New Paris comes next with North Manchester fol- 
owing close. So watch for the March report. 

L. V. King, Treas. 







There were 101 in attendance at the Christian Endeavor 
meeting Sunday, March 8th. Seven of these were adult lead- 
ers. The rest were Young People and Juniors. The College 
young people had as their guests seventeen young people 
from the Evangelical Church. The Intermediates are putting 
on an aggressive campaign and a goal of fifty per cent in- 
crease in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Mohler are sponsor- 
ing this group. 

The Junior Christian Endeavor organized on week ago with 
twelve in attendance. They more than doubled their attend- 
ance at their second meeting, having twenty-four children and 
the three adult sponsors. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Patten and Mrs. 
Philip Lersch are leading this group and they already have 
shown their willingness to devote their talent to promote this 

L. V. King, pastor 

-r Katb to ®p0t -r 

McMASTERS— The First Brethren church of Pittsburgh 
lost a faithful member in the death of Frank McMasters. He 
truly was a pillar of the church if there ever was one. Fair 
minded and generous, he was loved by all who knew him. His 
interest in his church was keen up to the last moments of his 
life. Nothing cheered him more while on his death bed than to 
hear some new success in his church. Christ his redeemer was 
his hope and strength in his last moments of suffering. He 
was chairman of our board of trustees when he died. As 
pastor, we had many intimate and happy moments in his pres- 
ence as we sought to minister unto him in his sickness. Mr. 
McMasters had been a resident of Pittsburgh for some fifty 
years coming to this city from Ireland. He had a keen interest 
in national affairs. He often said to me, "Those little Japs 
can't be trusted. If we don't fight them now they will sneak 
up on us when we're not looking," and they did just that. A 
gift of $500 was left to the church and a like amount to Ash- 
land College. 

Frank McMasters was born April 5, 1856 in Ireland. He left 
this life for his eternal reward April 19, 1941. He was 86 
years old. He was baptized in the Pittsburgh church March 
2, 1915 by Rev. N. W. Jennings. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by the writer in his home on Friendship Ave. Our loss 
is his gain. We would not call him back into the struggle of 
the present world. 

Floyd Sibert 

GOLDEN — Mrs. Lena Golden was one of the most faithful, 
kind, and loving old ladies that we have ever met. Over snow 
and ice, facing rain, snow or wind she walked up and down 
one of steep hilts to her church, as long as she was able, and 
longer. She got much out of every service and she gave much 
although she was poor in this worlds goods. She lived mostly 
with her faithful and loving daughter, Mrs. Carl Luntz. It 
was a bit hard to give her up when the Lord called her for it 
meant an empty seat in our church three times a week but the 
Lord knows best. At the last she suffered a stroke and was 
bedfast for some time. Funeral services were conducted by 
the writer last July with internment at Scotdale, Pa. A me- 
morial gift of $25 was presented to the choir. 

Floyd Sibert 


The Brethren Evangelist 




Dr. William H. 



Memorial services were held for the lati? Dr. W. H. Eeach- 
ler, in Waterloo, Iowa, Brethren Church, on February 22, 
1942. Dr. Beachler served this congregation as pastor for a 
number of years. 

Taken from the program, which was titled, "Lest we for- 
get", the following tells the story of nis work in the Water- 
loo Church and community. 

"Dr. William H. Beachler came to V. aterlon in 1910 when 
the First Brethren Church was located at the corner of 
South and Fifth Streets, and was instrumental in building 
the church in which we now worship. U was dedicated twen- 
ty-eight years ago today (Feb. 22, 1914). His eleven years 
as pastor of the church was interrupted from 1917 to 1920, 
when he did field work for Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 
He trebled the local membei-ship during his pastorate. While 
located in Waterloo, he served as iire.sident of the Waterloo 
Ministerial Association, president of the Black Hawk Sun- 
day School Association and president of the Iowa State Sun- 
School Council. He was a member of the Rotary Club. 

"Dr. Beachler was born at Miamisburg, Ohio, where he 
grew to young manhood. He prepared for the ministry at 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, and in 1905 he married 
Mabel Garber. Three children blessed their home: John Rus- 
sell, who now resides at Geneseo, 111.; Lorene (Mrs. John 
Kiracofe), who lives at Eaton, Ohio, and Mary Louise, who 
passed away last fall. 

"Dr. Beachler leaves a beloved memory to the Waterloo 
Church. His broad smile, gripping handshake and winning 
liersonality will linger long to those who knew him." 

The sei-vice, which was in charge of Rev. W. C. Benshoff, 
pastor of the church, was as follows: 

Prelude— "Agnus Dei" Bizet 


Invocation W. C. Benshoff 

Choral Response 

A Favorite Scripture — Philippians "...Read by H. H. Reitz 

Anthem — "God So Loved the World" Stainer 



From a Friend Mrs. J. P. Jones 

Civic and Rotary Relations S. \. Cohagan 

Sunday School Relations W. W. Beal 

Fraternal Relations Reverend A. P. Plough 

Ministerial Relations Doctor F. A. Court 

"The Old Rugged Cross," a favorite hjTnn Organ 

"LEST WE FORGET"...' Reverend Benshoff 

Anthem — Recessional Kipling-De Koven 





A full obituary of Dr. Beachler has never been published 
in the columns of The Evangelist. We are indebted to Sister 
Beachler for the complete obituary which follows. 

Dr. William H. Beachler was born southeast of Miamis- 
burg, Ohio, July 24, 1878, the son of Daniel and Sarah Ad- 
eline Huber Beachler. William H. accepted Christ when sev- 
enteen years of age, under the preaching of Rev. J. M. Tom- 
baugh. He lived on his father's farm, helping with the farm 
work until he reached the age of twenty-one. He then enter- 
ed Ashland College in 1900 to prepare for the ministry and 
graduated in 190.5 at which time he was ordained. 

His first preaching was done in his home church at Mi- 
amisburg dui ing his college years. 

In 190.5 he married Miss Mabel Garber of Bellevue, Ohio. 
Four children were born to this union: John Russell, who 
now resides at Geneseo, Illinois; Lorene Kiracofe, of Eaton, 
Ohio; Mary Louise who passed away last fall and a daugh- 
ter who died in infancy. There also are four grandchildren. 

During his seminary years he preached in a circuit con- 
sisting of Miamisburg, Bear Creek and Farmersville, Ohio, 
(three times each Sunday). He v.-ould often eat his lunch 
while going from one service to the other. 

After his graduation he preached at Troy, Ohio, then at 
Meyersdale, Pa. In 1910 he moved to Waterloo, Iowa, where 
he was instrumental in building the fine church in which 
that congregation now worships. He served the Waterloo 
Church for eleven years. 

This i;astorate was interrupted from 1917 to 1920 when 
he did field work for Ashland College, raising money for a 
permanent endowment. 

While in Waterloo he served as president of the Waterloo 
Ministerial Association, president of the County Sunday 
School Association and president of the Iowa State Sunday 
School Council. He was a member of the Waterloo Rotary 
Club and was made a life member, the only member of the 
club so honored. 

When he left Waterloo he served in the following pastor- 
ates: South Bend, Indiana; Dayton, Ohio; Gratis, Ohio; 
New Lebanon, Ohio; and Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Following- his Daytcn pastorate he was out of the minis- 
try for a time because of a break in health. 

Dr. Beachler sei-ved many years as a member of the 
Board of Trustees of Ashland College. 

For a number of years he was platform manager for the 
James Lohr Chautauqua Company and during this time 
he gave many fine lectures including Bible lectures. He 
gave scwes of graduation addresses and lectures at Farm- 
ers Institutes. Whenever institute groups were held he es- 
liecially enjoyed the work with the High School and Young 
People's groups. 

Dr. Beachler died June 8, 1941, at the home of his daugh- 
ter, Lorene, at Eaton, Ohio, following an operation from 
wliich he never recovered. 

Funeral services were conducted June 11th at New Leb- 
anon and burial was made at Eaton, Ohio. 

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"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptiz- 
ing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe 
all things ivhatsoever I have comande-d you: atid lo, 
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the 
world. Amen." Matthew 28:19, 20. 

"And. he said unto them, Go ye into all the ivorld 
and ])reach the Gospel to every creature. He that 
believeth and is baptized sJudl be saved; but he tliat 
believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:15-16. 

"For ivfwsoever shall call upon the name of the 
Lord .'shall be saved. How then shall they call on 
him, in whom they have not believed? And how 
shall they believe in him of ivhoin they fiave not 
heard? And hoiv shall they hear without a preach- 
er. And how shall they preach except they be sent? 
As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them 
that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tid- 
ings of good things!" Romans 10:13-15. 

"And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jeru- 
salem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto 
the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1 :8. 

"Therefore if any mam be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things are passed, away; behold, all 
things are of God, who hath reconciled us to him- 
self by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the min- 
istry of reconciliatian ; to wit, that God was in 
Christ, reconciling the world unto him,self, not im- 
puting their trespasses unto them; and hath com- 
mitted unto us the ivord of reconciliation. Now then 
we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did 
beseech you by us: wc pray you in Chrii^t's stead, be 
ye reconciled to God. For he liath made him to be 
sin for us, who knew no sin; tliat tve might be madei 
the righteousness of God in him." 2 Corinthians 5: 

"Therefore seeing wj have this ministry, as we 
have received mercy, we faint not; but have renouvA 
ced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in 
craftiness, not handling the ^vord of God deceitful- 
ly; but by manifestation of the truth commending 
ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of 
God. But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them tfmt 
are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blind-i 
ed- the 7ninds of them which believe not, lest the 
light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the im- 
age of God, shoidd shine unto them. For we preach 
not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and our- 
selves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, whi 
commanded the light to shine out of darkjiess, hatl 
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the know 
ledge of the glo-i-y of God in the face of Jesus Christ 
But we Jiave this treasure in earthen vessels, tha 
the excellency of the potver may be of God, and no 
of ?is." 2 Corinthians 4.:l-7. 

March 21, 1942 

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■ Jo ■ly'ifa.if 

Teach us to pray — 'Tis dark o'er all the world, 
And over land and sea the mists close down; 
Out in the darknesi- hopelessly we strawy, 
And search, and cannot find again Thy way — 
O God, teach us to nray! 

Teach us to pray — For this cannot be pray'r. 
That comes but as the cry of I'carts of fear; 
We are poor, trembling mortals far astray; 
If it he hot too late find Thy way — 
O God, teach us to pray! 

Teach us to jtray — We are not worthy. Lord; 
For we have divelt long years in sin and shanie; 
Wr closed onr eyes and would not see the way; 
And vow 'tis night, and helplessly we stray — 
. O God, teach us to pray! 

Teach us to pray — For ev'ry where is gloom, 
And sudden terror seizes on our hearts; 
A bitter message comes to us today; 
The world's at wa/r, and brothers bend to slay- 
O God, teach us to nray! 

Help us to pray — We ivould but speak with Thee; 
Onr hearts are full of u'hat hut Tluiu canst see 
A.nd lue are tired wand'rers on life's way, 
Yearning to see the light of Thy new day — 
O God, teach us to pray! 

Teach us to pray — Yet this itself is pray'r, 
From hearts of troubled pilgrims learning peace. 
Grant us Thy grace to walk faith's shining way. 
We are Thy little children who did stray — 
O God, teach its to pray! 

— Paul S. Leinbach. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

le. Message 8/^^tiel\iU< 

California, Mount Diablo is one of the culminating 
peaks of the Coastrange, not far from the San Fran- 
cisco Bay. It is plainly visible from the distant San 
Joaquin Valley where the sixty or seventy miles of 
intervening space and atmosphere only serve to make 
it seem enchanted. It lifts its gory head even above 
the clouds and dwells high among the highest things; 
overlooking the struggles in the valleys and lower 
hills where they depend upon the mercj' of the rain- 
falls and the sunshine for all of their hope of life. 

Diablo has a bad name. It means "devil". Perhaps 
its inaccessibility has earned for it sucli a name. For 
its nearly 4,000 feet of elevation makes it much more 
difficult for the humble climber than far more lofty 
heights would. In its barren loneliness it calls one 
back to a more lonely hill called a "skull" or Calvary. 
So does one quickly recall the barren mount of the 
temptation of our Lord- 
But the hills about Mount Diablo have a message ! 
Diablo cannot impoverish them even though it over- 
shadows them. From the peaceful valleys below in 
every direction on a sunny day one can see a velvet 
caipet of fresh verdure enfolding the azure blue of 
the heavens above them. Fairy patlis one could think. 
In tlie very shadow of the devil's barren peak is 
growth and life and Spring. The winter was cold and 
chill ; but the seeds are growing again I 

The message from the l^ills of life! We live in the 
shadow these days of terrible things. Surely if the 
devil ever overshadowed the workings of the sons of 
men in their toilsome valleys, he does today. His dom- 

J. Rdv Klingensmith 

ineering image is beheld back of the scenes in almost 
every nation in the world. He towers in his accom- 
plishments of war and wickedness and woi'ld revo- 
lution high above our every restraint ; but, oh, about 
that towering peak that seems to command the at- 
tention of the eyes of man, lie the beautiful hills of 
green. The seed will grow again ! 

Eastertime is here. The buds, the Spring, the 
grass, the hills bespeak anew the hope that life will 
come again. From the dreaded winter's tomb of death 
sprang the Saviour in answer to the remark that ex- 
cept a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it 
cannot live. 

"In the time of roses 

Hope, thou weary heart. 

Spring a balm discloses 

For the keenest smart. 

Let not death apall thee 
For beyond the tomb 
God Himself shall call thee 
When the roses bloom." 

His promise in the very face of the devil's accom- 
plishments was that He would rise again. His soul 
was not to see corruption nor his body to remain in 
the grave. We have the answer now, ancient Man of 
God, to the question "If a man die shall he live 
again?" The message of the hills is that the seed 
that is planted shall grow again. Welcome Easter 
thought this year of world-sorrows. We shall live 
again ! 

By Edith Dunn Bolar 

pE.JOICE, O hearts, rejoice and sing, 
■^ Your joyousness proclaiming: 
He lives! He lives. The Crucified, 
Triumphant lives, but death has died. 
So sing with Joy, oh, sing with joy. 
Your living Lord acclaiming! 


E DIED for ynu! He rose for you! 
Rut, oh, all joys excelling: 

He lives for you ! He lives for you, 
A vital Presence near to you, 
In every need a living Lord, 
A joy beyond the telling! 


March 21, 1942 



The Christian that does not believe in foreign missions does not believe in 
the great commission. Repeat it and see. 

The Christian that does not believe in foreign missions does not believe in 
the Lord's Prayer- Repeat it and see. 

The Christian tliat does not believe in foreign missions does not beheve in 
the doxology in long meter. Repeat it and see. 

The Christian that does not believe in foreign missions does not believe that 
verse so often quoted, John 3:16. Repeat it and see. 

The Christian that does not believe in foreign missions believes that two- 
thirds of the earth's population should perish without hope. 

How many more millions must die before the church of God moves for- 
ward ? If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. — Se- 

Prayer the Pivot 

The problem which the unevangel- 
ized world presents to the Church 
would discourage all missionary ef- 
fort were it not for one resource — 
prayer. If the record of what pi-ayers 
have done for missions could be writ- 
ten, what a history that would be. The 
late Dr. A. T. Pierson said of the place 
intercessory prayer has had in the 
history of missions: 

"There has been in missions no cri- 
sis which has not turned upon prayer 
as a pivot. When the secrets of all the 
unwritten history of the centuries 
are unveiled, we shall discover for the 
first time how the prayers of saints 
in the closets have controlled events, 
as Elijah's prayers held the keys of 
■heaven's flood-gates and brought 
down from above, the rain and the 
fire of God! If the facts were but 
known, what a chapter might be writ- 
'ten on God's Intercessors! But most 
of them have been hidden with God 
in that holiest place whose veil has 
never yet been rent asundei', and 
their history pertains to the secret 
place where God dwells." 

— The Presbyterian. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

March 21, 1942 

Philippians 2:5-8 

From "being in the form 
of God" to "becoming ol^d- 
ient unto death, even the 
death of the cross" — that 
is the scope of Jesus' hu- 
miliation ! 

I. The Stages In His Humiliation 

Let us notice the steps, or degrees, through which 
the Son of God passed in His humiliation to accom- 
plish our redemption tlu-ough the shedding of His 

Beginning with His status in the glory, "being in 
the form of God, He thought it not robbery (a thing 
to be grasped) to be equal with God," our Sa\iour 

(a) "Made Himself of no reputation — He emptied 
Himself." (Renunciation) 

(b) '"He took on Him the form of a servant" (Ser- 

(c) "And was made in the likeness of men" (Iden- 

(d) "Being found in fashion as a man" (Incar- 

(e) "He humbled Himself" (Humility) 

(f) "-Ajid became obedient unto Death" (Death) 

(g) "Even the death of the Cross "' (Ignominy) 
This shows how completely He was numbered with 

us trangi-essors I 

II. Milestones Marking His Humiliation 

Starting from the Ivory Palaces, we find His des- 
cent marked with material things, as milestones 
mai'k a highway. 

He was "bom of a woman, bom under the law," 
in a manger in Bethlehem. This was his first intro- 
duction to our matei'ial woi-ld in His incamation. Al- 
though He was the King of Kings, a little later we 
find him secreted into Eg\-pt. to escapse the wrath 
and jealously of a world ruler, Herod the Great. 

As He grew to young manhood, we find Him work- 
ing in Joseph's carpenter shop. He who had created 
the living wood, with His calloused hands shapes it 
into chaii-s, ploughs and yokes. He was known to his 
fellow townsmen as The Cari)entei-'s Son. 

In order to be more fuUy identified \\ith us, and 
to fulfil all righteousness, He was baptized in the 
Jordan. In baptism He became identified with those 
whom He came to save — w^ become identified sym- 
bolicaUy with our Saviour when we receive baptism 1 
After heai'ing the Father's, commendation. He was 
driven of the Spii-it into the wilderness "to be 
tempted in all points hke as we ai-e." Marvelous self- 
effacement — allowing Himself to be tempted by His 
inferioi-, His foe! But, "without sin." He became our 

"merciful and faitliful High Priest in things pertain- 
ing to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the 
people." (Heb. 2:17) 

Other material milestones marking the reaUtj* of 
His humanity, are Jacob's Well, upon which He sat 
when wearj-; the ship on Galilee in which He slept 
from sheer fatique; the cornfield through which 
He passed when He became hungi-y! We find Him 
a welcome guest at the wedding in Cana of Gali- 
lee, at banquets in the homes of Simon the Phari- 
see and of Simon the Leper, at the farewell dinner 
given by Levi ]Uatthew, the Publican, and in the hos- 
pitable home of the sistere and brother in Bethany. 
Surely, in all these things He showed himself to be 
"in the Ukeness of men." 

The nadir of His descent into humiliation was 
marked by the Cross and by the boiTowed tomb. 
Traveling the full orbit of the divine will, "He tasted 
of death once for everj" man." He was betrayed for 
the price of a slave, in the Garden of Geth.semane, 
we hear Him pray, "0 ily Father, if it be possible, 
let this cup pass from Me ; nevertheless not as I will, 
but as Thou wilt" (Matt. 26:39) He was "truly man." 

III. Why Jesus' Humiliation Was "Great" 

While the greatness of Jesus' himiiliation is be- 
yond our poor powers to understand, let us consider 
seven outstanding ways in which it was extraordin- 

1. Jesus' humiliation was great because of Him 
who underwent it. He who was the Son of God per- 
mitted his enemies to wreak their vengence upon 
Him. Yet, He prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they 
know not what they do." 

2. It is great because of the mysterj^ and miracle 
involved. How could Sovereign God take upon Him- 
self the form of a sei-vanf? How could the Omnis- 
cient One "increase in wisdom", and how could He 
"leam obedience"? The Incai-nation, when God was 
found in the likeness of men, was a reversal of the 
Creation, when man was made in the image of C^od I 
How imsearchable are His judgments and His ways ! 

3- His humiliation is gi"eat because of the two-fold 
revelation it brought. It revealed God to man, and 
man to himself! The ordeal of Calvary reveals the 
heniousness of sin, the extent of God's love, and the 
cost of man's redemption. 

4. It was gieat because Jesus made it vol\mtarily. 
He said of His appi"oaching death, "'I lay down my 
life that I might take it again. No man taketh it 
fi-om Me, I lay it down of myself!" (John 10:17,18) 

5- Jesus "for the joy that was set before Him, en- 
dui-ed the cross, despising the shame, and is set down 
at the right hand of the throne of God !" (Heb. 12 :2) . 
Marvelous Pei-son — He considered it a JOY to suffer 
for us sinnei"s! Not as a slave, scourged to his dun- 
geon, but as a Conqueror, He faced the ci"uel ci"oss ! 

6. His humiliation was gi"eat because Jesus en- 
dured it vicariously. He was not a martjT, or a ^^ctim 
(Continued on page 13) 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The first Annual Conference of the missions under 
the care of The Missionary Board of the Brethren 
Church was held in Cordoba, February 15-18, 1942. 
All the pastors were there with their assistants and 
several of the la.\- workers. Tliose from a distance 
were entertained by those living in Cordoba. In the 
forenoons we had informal discussions of methods 
and problems and plans. In the evenings there were 
sermons, and the afternoons were devoted to rest 
and recreation. Excursions were made to nearby 
points of interest. In addition to our own workers 
we had as a visitor the secretary of the Christian 
Endeavor societies of Argentina, Mr. Bramatti. He 
gave us several very helpful talks. 

All were pleased with the method of round table 
discussions of the questions of greatest interest- In 
this way each worker could ask questions and help 
to answer others, and no time was lost in listening to 
long speeches aside from the point. We learned much 
from one another and all were very much encouraged 
with the outlook of the work. 

We hope by another year to have a tent, and per- 
haps a Bible coach also, and use them in our annual 
meeting. We need them very much right now as 
there are a number of splendid openings in towns be- 
tween the cities where we are working, and if we do 
not take advantage of them soon they will be gone. 
The Easter offering of this year should be double 
that of last year to enable us to add workers for tent 
and Bible coach meetings and to follow up that work 
with pastoral care of the converts. 

Brother Robert Romanenghi, pastor in Cordoba, 
has been suffering from sinus trouble, and while im- 
proving, must have treatment and rest. Brother 
Iztueta will relieve him for a time and at the same 
time prepare the way for a Jewish mission here and 
work among Jews also in Rosario and Buenos Aires. 

In Rosario we have combined two of the three Sun- 
day schools, but have not been able to find a suitable 
house and hall for so large a Sunday school. In a 
recent special meeting the hall and the court and 
part of the street were filled with listeners. By com- 
bining these two Sunday schools we hope to open a 
fourth in a large district by the river where there is 
no work whatever. But that will mean the expense of 

Dr. C. F. Yod 


another hall. 

In Buenos Aires we are saving rent during the 
summer by holding the meetings in the house and 
back yard of the place used as a parsonage. In an- 
other month the weather may require a hall again 
and we are trying to find one in the adjoining dis- 
trict of Marconi, where there is no mission what- 
ever and not even a Catholic church. We already 
have some believers there and ask your prayers that 
we may be able to find a suitable house- 
In Cordoba we inaugurated a new hall during our 
conference. It is located in Avenida Velez Sarsfield 
1239, ten squares from the present mission. It is 
right in the district which we felt from the first 
should be the center of our work, but we could not 
find a suitable house or hall. Tlie hall we have 
secured is not large and we will have to be on the 
lookout for a larger place. However, by keeping the 
large front double doors open a crowd gathers 
around the entrance in the street, and by preaching 
in a strong voice we can thus reach a great many 
who would not yet venture to come in and sit down. 
Our little church paper, prepared with mimeo- 
graph, is meeting a demand and is much appreciated. 
We hope later to print a paper with a large circu- 
lation. In our new hall we plan to hold a ten-day va- 
cation Bible school at once before the public schools 
open in March. Sister Anton will also continue with 
her kindergarten. 

Tlie war has not j-et come near enough to frighten 
the people, but the more understanding foresee the 
coming universal tribulation and are becoming more 
serious. May these horrors bring multitudes to re- 
pentance. C. F- Yoder, 230 Av. Poeta Lugones, Cor- 
doba, Ai'gentina. 

"The love of money," said the spokesman for God, 
"is the root of all evil." One thing sure, it is the real 
source of nearly all opposition to missions. It is not 
so much less love for missions. It is too much love for 
the dollar. — Selected 


[arch 21, 1942 


iwiicietvtr ^^^^^ 


Someone tells the story of an artist who was once asked to paint a picture of a decaying church. 
To the astonishment of many, instead of putting on the canvas an old, tottering ruin, the artist painted 
a stately edifice of modern ,grandeur. 

Within the grand entrance was an offering plate of elaborate design for the offerings of fashionable 
worshipers. But — and here the artist's idea of a decaying church was made known — right above the of- 
fering plate there hung a square box bearing the legend, "For Missions," and right over the slot 
through which contributions ought to have gone he had painted a huge cobweb. 

— Michigan Christian Advocate. 


A Missionary not long ago received from a friend in the 
pmeland a large roll of tinfoil that had been saved from 
Uny packages of a certain brand of milk chocolate, the 
j'iend thinking that the missionary might find some use for 
|. Missionaries always seem to find some use for the varied 
rticles that are given them, and this strange gift was not 
!=spised. But its principle value in this case was in teaching 
' lesson, for the missionary remarked, "How many there are 
ho eat the chocolate and give God the tinfoil!" How is it 
ith our lives? Do we use all the best of ourselves and give 
od the broken and ruined left overs? Do we eat the apple 
id give God the core ? — Moody Monthly. 

The Best Medicine 

Dr. Hyslop, one of Britian's greatest physicians, said to 
e British Medical Association: "The best medicine which my 
actice has discovered is prayer. As one whose whole life 
is been concerned with the sufferings of the mind, I would 
ate that of all hygienic measures to counteract disturbed 
|iep, depression of spirits, and all the miserable sequels of a 
stressed mind, I would undoubtedly give first place to the 
uple habit of prayer. It is of the highest importance, merely 
om a physical point of view, to teach children to hold daily 
■mmunion with God. Such a habit does more to quiet the 
iirit and strengthen the soul to overcome mere incidental 
aotionalism than any other therapeutic agency known to 

Not Wasted 

A young woman, who was a great lover of flowers, had set 
out a rare vine at the base of a stone wall. It grew vigorously, 
but it did not bloom. Day after day she cultivated it and 
watered it, and tried in every way to coax it into bloom. One 
morning, as she stood disappointedly before it, her invalid 
neighbor, whose back lot adjoined her own, called over and 
said: "You can't imagine how much I have been enjoying the 
blooms of that vine you planted." The owner looked, and on 
the other side of the wall was a mass of blooms. The vine had 
crept through the crevices and flowered luxuriantly on the 
other side. 

So often every Christian thinks his efforts have been thrown 
away because he does not see their fruit. We need to learn 
that in God's service our prayers, our toil, our crosses are 
never in vain. Somewhere they bear their fruit and some 
hearts will receive their blessing and their joy. — Forward. 


"If anyone should ask me for an epitome of the Christian 
religion, I should say it is that one word 'prayer.' If I should 
be asked, 'What will take in the whole of Christian experi- 
ence?' I should answer 'prayer.' A man must have been con- 
vinced of sin before he could pray; he must have had some 
hope that there was mercy for him before he could pray. All 
the Christian virtues are locked up in the word, 'prayer.' 

"In troublous times our best communion with God will be 
carried on by supplication. Tell Him thy case, search out His 
promise, and then plead it with holy boldness. This is the 
best, the surest, the speediest way of relief." 

— Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon. 


There is a church still standing amidst the debris of 
bomb-shattered London. In front of this church there is a 
sign which reads, "When your knees knock, kneel on them." 
Could a more timely word be spoken in a quivering, knock- 
kneed despairing old world? — Selected. 


The Brethren Evangelisl 

Mlxtn IW Ktt Mxtnt 

Bessie Ivins 

The place they call Golgotha is just a little hill, 

The light clouds pass above it, the soft wind blows at will; 

There is no trace of hoii-or there, no gloom nor ilreadful 

Nor scar to mai-k the cruel deed, the darkest wound of all. 

Just so men walk the noisy streets of Moscow or Bombay, 
And scarce a soul of them mai-ks out the suffering Sav- 
iour's way; 
In London and in Singapore He goes the road of pain, 
And up the hills of Africa He drags His cross again. 

In all the councils of the earth His patient lips are sealed, 
And dying men themselves have tied the hands that would 

have healed; 
On rolling prairies rich with corn His broken heart has 

And on the streets of every town the Saviour is denied. 

O fools and blind! Could Power Divine but make our eyes 

to see, 
Our hearts would break to know how many Calvarvs there 


By Frances M. Morton 

FRIEND, in your eager loil and strife, 

Have you crucified the Lord of life? 
Have you laid the loving Christ away 

In the dust of a sordid yesterday? 
Busy there in the market place. 

Have you long forgot His heavenly face? 
Are His tender words all lost to you — 

Has your heart grown cold to His lo\e so true? 

'Tis Easter, friend, lift up your eyes 

And bid the Christ for you arise! 
Make this the resurrection day 

When in your heart He comes to stay — 
Bid faith arise from out the gloom 

Whert you have marked His dusty tomb ; 
Make Him your Guest, your Friend, your Guide, 

So shall His joy with you abide. 


Lorna Lisa Klein 

1 see the risen Christ — 

Tall, straight, clean before the eyes of men — 

I see His wounded side 

Rut his level eyes go out — and out — beyond my ken. 

What does he see. 

The man of the clear eyes? 

Their gaze goes beyond the hill where 

The dark cross stood across the skies. 

His arms, whose strength the children knew, 

Go out. "My sheep, my sheep, 

"My lambs," he calls, "Come from your battlefields! 

"Come to me and I will give you. . .Sleep — 

"And in this Sleep of mine is Life 
"And the Radiant Vision you have sought 
"In the blood of your enemies. . . . 

"Ah come to me, you tired, forsaken, persecuted, over- 

"Children of my heart! 

"I too have my wounds to show, my tears—" 

And in his hands I saw his heart 

That he had been holding out for all these aching years, 

"Here is my heart," he said. 

And in his eyes I saw the shining of the light 

— The Radiant Vision all hungry men have long been 

questing — 
And the light went before him a.s he walked into the night. 

* » * 

S. Morris Eames 

What hope has human life this Easter morn 

To rise above the sordid hates of men 

Who spread the octopus of war again? 

Amid this sorrow and its pain is born 

A greater hope, not blinded by the gi-eed 

That makes more crosses stand in Flanders Field; 

For wars will some day cease, and hate will yield 

To love more sensitive to human need. 

The cross of Christ will be a beacon light 

To guide the weary feet of men to peace. 

The army of these shattered wrecks will cease 

As love becomes triumphant over might. 

Above the bloody wars of hate and strife 
Will rise again the resurrected life! 

I sei-ve a risen Savior, He's in the world today; 
I know that He is living, whatever men may say; 
I see His hand of mercy, 1 hear His voice of cheer, 
And just the time 1 need Him He's always near. 

In all the world around me I see His loving care. 
And tho' my heart grows weary I never will despair; 
I know that He is leading, thro' all the stormy blast, 
The day of His appearing will come at last. 

A. H. Acklev 

Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice ami sing 
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King! 
The Hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find, 
None other is so loving, so good, so kind. 

He lives. He lives, Christ Jesus lives today! 
He walks with me and talks with me along 

He lives. He lives, salvation to impart! 
You ask me how I know He lives? 
He lives within my heart. 

life's narrow 

March 21, 1942 





Should Give 

Because he is a recipient of great grace. 

Because giving is an expression of real 

Because it is a real test of love for God. 

Because it is a test of real faith in God. 

Because giving and Christianity are vitally 

Because it is a real Christian grace. 

— Selected. 

Missionary Axioms 

"I'll go down into the pit, if you'll hold the rope." — William Carey. 
"Expect great things from God — Attempt great things for God."— William Carey. 
"The world is my parish." — George Whitefield. 

"The church of the Lord Jesus Christ must sustain the work of the Lord Jesus Christ." — Bishop 
Janes of early Methodism. 

Missionary Motives 

Why Should I Give To Missions? 

Because it is the most paying investment. 

Because of the joy that comes to the giver. 

Because I am only a steward of the money that God has given me, and I must use it for his 


Because I am put to shame by the liberality o f heathen converts. 

Because it is God's will that missionaries should go, and that I should help them. Rom. 10:14. 

Because 1 am grateful to God for what he has given me. John 3:16. 

Because souls are dying, and I may help to save them. 

Why Should I Pray For Missions? 

Because the world needs prayer. 

Because in the past missions have always prospered as believing prayer has increased. 

Because God has conditioned the success of missions on prayer. 

Because I am commanded to pray. 

Because I can plead great promises. 

Because the prayer of faith is always answered. 

Because Christ is praying for those for whom he died. 

Why Should I Be a Missionary? 

Because in no other than Christ is there salvation. 

Because multitudes have not heard the Gospel, and are dying. 

Because the doors of the nations are open. 

Because the need for more missionaries is urgent, unceasing, imperative. 

Because Christ says: "Go ye into all the world." 

Because Christ gave up everything that I might be saved. 

— Selected. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Moving Pictures of Dr. Yoder 
By J. Kay Klingensmith 

We saw South America ! We saw many faces of our 
Brethren in Christ Jesus whom we had never be- 
fore beheld. Dr. Yoder was among them. Mrs. Yoder 
was there. Eleanor and Grace were tliere. They were 
singing and they were leaving the beautiful church 
at Cordoba. 

It all came about through our request that Dr. 
Yoder send us some real moving pictures in full size 
16mm films. And they came! Now we are eager to 
show them and bring our South American work with 
us for you to look at. 

We will do our best, Dr. Yoder. The war will work 
its strains upon us at home, too. But if the countries 
across the seas can save their money amidst the 
bomb-wrecked cities and homes that are left them, 
for Missions, we in America can too. And of all 
times, now we dare not shut off our witness. So we 
will be thinking about you Brethren in Cordoba, in 
Buenos Aires, in Rosario during these coming days 
as we gather our offerings. 

The Mission-minded churches are tlie powerful 
churches. Regardless of our reasoning about the 
needs at home it remains a fact that the Great Com- 
mission is still ours to respect and obey. 

It will not be easy to share in the midst of a tax- 
ridden and war-torn world. And yet we are told that 
the over-ran countries of Europe have continued 
their giving to the work of missions in spite of the 
loss of practically everything they possess. 

It, therefore, becomes a plain test to us. Will we 
put God last or will we put Him first ? Shall we place 
the program of evangelizing a lost country first or 
last ? Shall we restrict an already minimized mission- 
program? God will answer our sacrifice or our lack 
of it. 

These are days when every Brethren Church 
should bear witness before a world at war. We should 
testify again to our belief in the evangelical power 
and value of Christ's message, and Christ's sacrifical 
death. Let us tlien be prayfu] about our response to 
this gospel-call. 

Stockton, California 

It has been the delightful and blessed privilege of the 
Stockton Church to have had Brother J. Ray Klingensmith 
with us for special services from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8. It was a 
time of many disadvantages, for sickness was rife and the 
heaviest rains of the season chose to fall at this time. Some 
disadvantages are inevitable and are to be anticipated, but 
the Lord blesses despite or in the midst of them. Any and 
all advances in the Lord's work are made in the face of tre- 
mendous odds. Our comfort and victory lie in the fact that 
He that is in the Church is greater than he that is in the 

It is not necessary to write extensively to a reading pub- 
lic already familiar with his fruitfulness in the Lord's work 
of the fine ministry of Brother Ray. A word of apprecia- 
tion, however, is justly due him for his kindness in setting 
aside the heavy press of many duties to spend this time here. 
His definite and clear vision of the Church's mission and 
task and his emphasis upon the New Testament example 
were a real inspiration both to people and pastor. We trust 
that not only this congregation, but all in the Brethren 
Chui'ch, will find this vision and put it into practice. 

The services were attended from time to time by mem- 
bers of the Lathrop, Manteca and Turlock congregations. 
On one occasion the Brethren Berean Band met at the 
Stockton Church and had charge of the opening part of the 
service. On the last Sunday afternoon a District get-togeth- 
er meeting was held with the District W. M. S. in charge 
and with Brother Klingensmith as the principal speaker. 
This, and a similar afternoon meeting held earlier at La- 
throp gave him something of an opportunity to meet simul- 
taneously with representatives of the other Churches of the 
District. His messages to these District representatives 
were timely and gospel ones. 

We hope for further happy fellowship with 
District as the Lord may provide opportunity. 

him in the 

Frank Gehmar 


George Fox, the great Quaker leader, used to say, "One 
man, raised by God's power to stand and live in the same 
spirit the prophets and apostles were in, can shake the 
country for ten miles around." 

The work of winning men to Christ should became our in 
dividual responsibility because it is the purpose for whici 
God has saved us; it was the last command of our Lord; be 
cause He set us an example; because of every four peopl< 
in the world today, three have never made any acknowledge i 
ment of Christ as Saviour; because the value of a life oughl 
to motivate us in this task. — Selected. 


Our last year's Easter offering amounted to a bit over $10,000. 
This constituted the entire Foreign Mission program of our denomi- 
nation. This money lias been used in the interest of Brethren Mis- 
sions in South America. The entire continuation of that work is de- 
pendent upon tile Easter Offerings this year. Unconcerned giving will 
not do it. If a single church or individual gives less this year we are 
forced to withdraw just that much of our mission work with Dr. Yoder. 

March 21, 1942 




ON rnz 


Every Book in the New Testament was written by a foreign missionary. Every Epis- 
tle in the New Testament that was written to a church was written to a foreign missionary 
church. Every letter in the New Testament that was written to an individual was written 
tO' a convert of a foreign missionary'- The one book of prophecy in tlie New Testament was 
written to the seven foreign missionary churches in Asia. The disciples were called Chris- 
tians first in a foreign missionary community. The language of the Books of the New 
Testament is the missionary's language. The map of the early Christian world is the trac- 
ing of the missionary journeys of the Apostles. The problems which arose in the early 
church were largely questions of missionary procedure. Of the twelve Apostles chosen by 
our Lord, every Apostle except one became a missionary. The only one man among the 
twelve Apostles who did not become a missionary became a traitor. — The Expositor. 

The Great Humiliation 

(Continued from Page 7) 

of untoward circumstances. He was the Good Shep- 
lierd who laid down His life for (instead of) His 
,3heep ! The Son of Man gave His life as a ransom for 
jail. (I Tim. 2:6) 

i 7- Lastly, his humiliation was great because its 
fclimax was the depth from which the Father highly 
exalted Him, giving "Him a Name which is above 
•2very name, that at the Name of JESUS, every knee 
5hould bow " (Phil. 2:9-11) 

"Seeing let us !" 

Because of the mercies of God, let us accept the 
challenge of the Holy Spirit through the pen of 
;3t. Paul. He gave us the pattern of Jesus' humili- 
ation: "Let this mind be in you!" "For here unto 
ivere ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, 
eaving us an example, that ye should follow in His 
steps !" (I Pet. 2 :21-25) . Let us willingly sacrifice for 
Him who "his own self, bare our sins in His Own 
oody, that we, being dead to sins, sliould live unto 
Hghteousness !" 

He who places God first in life, possesses his posses- 
sions. But he who forgets God, is possessed by his posses- 
sions. — C. A. McPheeters. 

Are we afraid to speak our religion? Some sing it and 
stir souls, some write poetry or music. Others live it day by 
day. That is being about our Father's business. — D. J. Ma- 

More time and early hours for prayer would act like mag- 
ic to revive and invigoi-ate many a decayed spiritual life. 
More time and early hours for prayer would be manifested 
in holy living. — E. M. Bounds 

W. M. 


We wish to acknowledge with great rejoicing and 
much appreciation the gift of $1500 just received 
fron^the Woman's Missionary Society. We thank God 
for these faithful women and what their help means 
to The Missionary Board. May every women in the 
Society know that her help has been a vital factor in 
our work- We thank you for your confidence and help 
in the Master's name- 


The Brethren Evangeli 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic Editor 

Topic for March 29, 1942. 


Scripture Lesson: I Corinthians 1:17,18,26-31. 

For the Leader 

At this season of the year we naturally think of Easter, 
Which means Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and the Resurrec- 
tion. The Cross of Calvary goes along with this. 

To some, the cross appears to be a defeat for the One whu 
gave His life because of the principles of living which he 

To us, the Cross means victory, .\lthough shame, agony 
and rejection centered around that cross, we must remember 
that the One who died there bore our sin and shame in paying 
the penalty which a just God had rightly promised for diso- 
bedience. Without the cross and the shedding of blood, there 
can be no remission of sin. Without faith in the One who died 
there, there can be no salvation. 

The cross meant death for Christ, yet a victory over death 
as shown by His resurrection three days later. Through His 
work we have assurance of eternal life with God. So, as we 
work and labor, we should glory in the cross of Christ; not 
in our own abilities or efforts. In realizing what was done on 
the cross for each of us we should humbly bow ourselves will- 
ingly to the desires of Him who gave His life there. 


two days is to be perplexed until we understand the reason 
for Christ being on the earth. When the crowds cried, Hos- 
anna! they conceived Christ as approaching Jerusalem to set 
up His kingdom and overthrow the Roman oppression. How 
.selfish of them. Yet that is what they wanted Christ to do. A 
person capable of so many things as Christ was would cer- 
tainly make a good King. 

Christ saw through their selfish reason and set His face 
towards the Hill. When Friday came, these same people 
cried for the Crucifixion of Jesus. Cries of "Imposter" rang 
from the crowd. Christ in a moment could have silenced them, 
yet He did not, for He was the "Lamb slain from the founda- 
tion of the world", and, "as a sheep before her shearers is 
dumb, so he openeth not his mouth." The Lord knew a Cross 
lay ahead and to avoid it meant defeat. So steadfastly he 
journeyed to the Cross and willingly gave His life as a ran- 
som for mankind. 

So, when we boast of what we can do for Christ in our 
Church and our service, or if we tend to take credit for the 
kind of lives we are living for Christ, let us be mindful that 
our glory is in vain, except we glory in the cross of Christ. 
All our praise must point to that Cross. 

can Churches or Christians boast, unless it is the Cross of 
Christ? Without the settlement of the sin question on the 
Cross by Christ, all of His philosophies and teachings are 

worthless. Men, for many centuries have advocated Chris 
teachings are sure-cure for the ills of the world. They a 
right, except the one great error that these teachings cann 
be practical unless man has had his eternal sinful nature i 
placed by the regenerated spiritual nature which cometh or 
through a personal acceptance of the death of Christ on t 
Cross as an atonement for the sin of rejection of God. 

The practice of "getting people ready for Heaven" throuj 
acceptance and following the teachings of "the Master" c 
result only in eternal disappointment for those who folic 
this practice. It is only through a fearless teaching of t 
Cross of Christ as remission of sin can there bo any hope 
eternal redemption. 

IS THE CROSS FOOLISHNESS? The world contains : 
advocates of the "Jesus Way" to peace and eternal life. Y 
to these people, the cross is only a blur of dim vision. Th 
avoid the cross because to them it is foolishness. 

Such blindness is plain ignorance. Even a casual reader 
the Bible can soon discover three basic truths in the BibI 
1st, that the scarlet thread of the Blood of Christ is the ce 
tral theme running through the entire Bible from cover 
cover; 2nd, that this Blood was shed on the Cross of Calv 
ry; and third, that the "Jesus Way" is the way of t 
blood stained cross of Calvary." 

Rightly so does Paul tell us that those who think t 
Cross is foolishness, shall perish. How else can there 
reconciliation of man with God except through the ator 
ment on the Cross, for we, being enemies of God, "were n 
onciled to God by the death of His Son — ." and we "joy 
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have nr 
received the atonement." 

If the cross is foolishness, then God, Christ, the Chur< 
and Christianity — are all foolishness. The cross is not foolis 
ness- — it is the gateway to reconcilliation and reunion wi 
God for eternity to all those who will believe and accept. 

of the world carry a banner or flag ahead of their hosts wh 
fighting or in battle. Why? To give their armies courage ai 
unity, and to show them for what they are fighting. Ve 
definitely, the cross is the "Blood stained banner of tl 
Christianity". What else can we hold above us or ahead of ' 
as we daily work and labor for Christ? That old rugged cro 
is to us who believe in Him, courage, unity, victory and pow« 
We may not always be able to see the Cross clearly, but wh( 
the smoke of our daily life clears away then we can see tl 
cross as high and glorious as it has ever been. The cross re 
resents the true Church of Christ against which even tl 
gates of Hell shall not prevail. What marvelous victory 
ours this Easter season through our faith in the Cross ai 
the resurrection. 

This Cross is the power we are to use to lead our frien( 
and loved ones to Christ. This cross is the power which w 
help us to live a true and consistent Christian life, even ' 
death, if necessary. Paul gloried not in himself, but in th; 
eternal cross of Christ. Even so must we. This Cross, whi( 
has towered over all the wrecks of time, shall ever stand oi 
as a refuge and power for all who will read, hear, understar 
and accept. We are the standard bearers of this Cross. Ms 
we be faithful, willing and energetic in our duties. 

Money may buy the husk of many things, but not the ke 
nel It brings you food, but not appetite, medicine but ii' 
health, acquaintances but not friends, servants but no faiti 
fulness, days of joy but not peace or happiness. — Henn 

irch 21, 1942 

Our Children's Department 


ar Children: 

iVe are sorry to announce that Aunt Loretta has been sick 
i has been unable to write to you for the past several 
eks. However, in order that you may have your page in The 
angelist we are selecting a story or two until Aunt Loretta 
able to again bring you her stories (Editor) 

k policeman banged on the door of the house and blew his 
istle. Without waiting for a reply, he ran down the street 
a fire alarm box sent in an alarm and rushed back to the 

Flames were already eating away the curtains at the 
ndows of the first floor. The faces of a distressed father, a 
ghtened mother and two children, one a boy of five and the 
ler a girl of seven years, appeared at the third floor win- 
w, which the father opened. 

A.mid the clang of the arriving fire apparatus, the police- 
m shouted up to them not to jump. The neighborhood be- 
n to show signs of life. Persons in the house next the one 
ire began to remove their valuables. A call was sent for 
lice reserves. Ropes were stretched to bar the overcurious, 
d lines of hose were laid from fireplugs around the corner, 
re engines began puffing and squads of firemen placed two 
Iders against the wall of the dwelling near the open windoA\-. 
dull red appeared behind the imprisoned family. ■ 

A long slim fireman called Lanky Jim sprang up one of the 
Iders and another fireman followed him. Arriving at the 
p, Jim directed the man and the woman to the unoccupied 
Ider and handed the boy to the fireman below him and, 
isping the little girl in his arms, slowly made his way to 
e ground amid the cheers of the crowd who watched with 
ted breath. 

They had hardly reached the ground when flames bursting 
3m the first and second floor windows enveloped one of the 
iders. Firemen were too busy to remove it. Amid the cnii- 
sion a tiny, wooly dog, which had been left behind barked 
3m the third story ^vindow. His white form could be seen 
ainly on the window sill. Every now and then he would 
ouch as if he was going to jump, but then would decide not 
and whine. He evoked the pity of the entire crowd. Thr 
itle girl saw him and with tears in her eyes, cried, "Oh, save 

V Bobby. Please save my Bobby." 


Lanky Jim, rushing by for an ax, noticed the tears in her 

fis, About the time he stopped to inquire the matter, the lit- 

girl said, "Please, Mister Firernan, please save my dear 

bby," and she waved an uncertain finger in the general 

•ection of the dog in the window. 

Lanky Jim took one look. One ladder was out of sight in 
5 flames and smoke, but the other was clear. He jumped up 

the ladder. Up. up, up he went, passed the first and the second 
stories in safety, and reached the window where the little dog 
wagged his tail in delight. He grasped the dog by the collar, 
swung him over to him, buttoned his coat around him, and be- 
gan the descent. 

The first few rungs were passed in safety. When about fif- 
teen feet from the ground, the wind veered and blew the 
flames in his direction. He was lost to the sight of the crowd. 
A minute later, he appeared out of the cloud of flames and 
smoke, his face and hands livid red with burns. He dropped 
the dog, unharmed at the feet of the little girl, staggered in- 
to the arms of his comrades and was hustled away in an am- 
bulance to the hospital. 

The next day, Lanky Jim was resting in a cot in the hos- 
pital, his hands and a large part of face swathed in bandages. 
He was dreaming of the little girl and her dog when a nurse 
appeared at his side and announced visitors. Then he heard a 
little voice say, "Hello, Mr. Fireman, are you much hurt?" 

"No, no," he replied, "not so very much. I'll be al 
again in a few days." 


"Mama, hold me near him. I want to see his face," said the 
little thing. The mother held her up and all the time she 
hugged the little woolly dog in her arms. 

Then she leaned forward and planted a sweet dewy kiss up- 
on the only available spot that his face showed among the 
bandages, and said, "I love you, you saved my P>obby. I wish 
you was my Papa." And the dog, not to be outdone, licked the 
man's face. 

Several hours afterward, a nurse passing by saw the big 
man looking up at the ceiling. There were tears falling down 
his face on the bandages. His wrapped hands were not able 
to wipe them away. "What are your crying for?" said she. 

"Nothing," he answered, "only I was thinking of a little 
seven-year-old girl and a little woolly dog." 

• — Selected 




The Brethren Evangeli^|g 

Yesterday is God's! I shall not regain it. I doubt if I should even try if I could. It has 
its own records of a few successes and a few failures. They are sealed and finished. 

Today is ours. "Look to this day- For yesterday is already a dream ; and tomorrow is 
only a vision. But every today well lived will leave every yesterday a dream of happiness 
and every tomorrow a vision of hope." My ability to witness in a world of today will be of 
great interest to me and mine tomorrow. I cannot hoard the material out of which my to- 
morrows will be made. This is today. But it will so soon be yesterday. I hope it will make 
a better yesterday than so many other todays have made. 

Tomorrow! Tomorrow still is God's. He has not given it to me as yet. When He does 
He will also provide me with necessary elements for its use. And out of my todays he will 
choose them- 

But when my tomorrow comes may it not paralyze my soul by reminding me of neg- 
lected yesterdays which now can be seen with clearer perspective than when I was so close 
to them. 

Today we have religious and Christian and American opportunities. Today is ours. 
We will have no claim on tomorrow without investing today in tomorrow's interests- 

Tie Bretlren Evangelist 

05 ^vrs' 

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March 28, 1942 

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EN PATH. But, understand, it is not "out of the way." But 
visitors who wish to go to the church sometimes find them- 
selves driving right past the "turn-off." So, we see by the 
Oakville Calendar, that the Laymen have taken in hand 
the task of putting up signs to point the way to our church. 
The calendar says, "You will have to see them to appreciate 

Brother Whetstone also reports that he had a fine time at 
Bryan, Ohio Church where he .iust closed a series of evange- 
listic services. We will have a report of that ser\'ice in next 
week's Evangelist. 

A RATHER NOVEL METHOD OF announcing sermon 
subjects is found in the Goshen, Indiana, Calendar. Brother 
Rowsey, formerly the Publicity Director of Ashland College 
and Seminary, always did have a knack of setting forth his 
announcements. He announces Brother John Locke's sub.iects 
in the form of a pyramid, topping it with the subject, "I 
Thought" and underpinning it with the closing subject, "The 
Kind of a Church God AVants the A¥orld to See." It makes 
you want to read them all and then go and hear. 

Brother Rowsey also reports a Building Fund Pay Day, 
set for May 1.5th, with goals set for the organizations of 
$1530.00. We trust they go over the top. 

BROTHER A. E. WHITTED, pastor of the Ardmore, In- 
diana, congregation reports progress being made in the work 
of the church. They are in the midst of their Evangelistic 
Services, which close Sunday, March 31st. Brother Claud 
Studebaker is the evangelist. We will look for a complete re- 
port of this meeting. 

THE FREMONT, OHIO, CALENDAR reports a liveninR 
off the work in that place. The young people are responding 
in a fine manner to the plans of Brother Clarence Fair- 
banks who pastors this fine flock. The .Junior Sistei-hood, the 
Christian Endeavor and the Roys' Club are showing especial 

The Children's Division has challenged the Adult Depart- 
ment to a contest and from reports this promises to be a 
very entertaining proposition for we believe the children will 
make the adults "sit up and take notice." 

Interesting Items 2 THE PITTSBURGH, PA., CHURCH, Rev. Floyd Sibert,| 

_,, -r. ,. . „ T^,.., .,,,,„„ „ pastor, will have Prof. M. A, Stuckey as their speaker durinp 

The Religious Press — Editorial — W, E. R " ' . ' „ , 

Passion Week. 

Publication Offering Report .3 

I Have Been Crucified With Christ- WE READ IN THE CALENDARS OF M A N \ 

Rev S E Christiansen 4 CHURCHES of the Personal Workers Classes which are be-' 

ing held. This comes directly from the plans and the pro-- 

The Seven Cries from the Cross— Selected 5 grams of the Woman's Misionary Society. Only time and 

Is This America? — Dr. Charles A. Bame 6 eternity will tell the good that is being accomplished througl; 

■D ., T-, i • ,.u -c^ ..u TD 1- J J m , . these classes. Thev teach the practical way of approachinf 

Brethren Doctrine as the Fathers Believed and Taught — , . . , , ^, t j 

T,^.„.,,, „ and winning souls to the Lord. 

Part I^ — Rev. A. L. Myers 7 * 

Why Did Jesus Die?— Dr. R. F. Porte 8 WE GLEAN SOME INTERESTING statistics from th 

Education and World Betterment— Dr. E. G. Mason 9 North Vandergl-ift Bulletin. Brother Keck makes this repor 

for Sunday, March 8th. 

Children's Department 1-3 

Morning service — 49'"/r of Sunday School attendance re 

Christian Endeavor Topic for Young People II mained for church. 469!- of those in attendance were youn* 

An Alarming Statement 14 people under twenty. 85% of the Christian Endeavor remain. 

. . , „ . ,r ed for the service. Can your church make as good a repor 

in accordance to the percentacre of your membership wh- 
Among the Churches l.j attend the services? 


The Religious Press 

The importance of the Religious Press can hardly 
je over-emphasized in view of the fact that it is so 
generally under-estimated. From the human view- 
point, the printed page is the greatest educative and 
inifying force in the church, and for the church as 
I whole the greatest inspirational force. It is of 
course evident that in the local church the spoken 
vord through teaching and preaching is of first im- 
jortance, and it is also evident that the Holy Spirit 
nspires and leads men out into all truth. But it is 
fhe duty, a high and holy duty for the Religious 
'ress to give the printed page to the church, so as to 
iducate, unify, and inspire for Christian living and 
for Christian service. 

j The Early Brethren 

The early Brethren in America soon discovered the 
eed and the power of printed literature, and the 
apid early growth of our church was due in no small 
Wt to this fact. The work of the Sowers from the 
onsideration of the amount of labour involved was 
Todigious, and its value to the church can never be 

There can be no doubt that the progressive element 
i/ithin the church was fostered and developed by re- 
gious literature, especially by the Progressive 
Christian. It is not too much to say that the forma- 
ion of our Brethren Church was largely the result 
f this literature. The evidence of its power is seen 
1 the terrific opposition which it aroused in Annual 

We have no desire to rehash the things which have 
appened within our church during the last few 
ears, but any one if he were not entirely blind would 
now that the unscrupulous use of the printed page 
as brought us most of our troubles. 

The Press Now 

We are not interested in the past except as it 
;aches us its lessons, and as we may now apply 
iiem. The Progressive Christian was long ago re- 
'amed The Brethren Evangelist and is now our of- 
cial organ. It ought to be, — we must make it a 
:rong spiritual educative and unifying force in the 
hurch. The instrument is in our hands, if we do not 
•operly use it as an instrument for the Lord, we are 
ailty of neglecting the talents which have been 
jaced in our hands. If we would have a great church 
•morrow, we must build for a great church today. 
lie printed page is invaluable in that building pro- 
ss. In all seriousness I say The Publishing Interests 
I'e indespensable if we are to build strongly for to- 

The Voice of The Church 

The Publication Board has felt that in view of the 
many happenings of late years, that at least for the 
present no single individual should write all of the 
editorials nor fashion the policy of the Board and 
color the literature. It was for this reason that a 
number of editorial writers were chosen in place of 
one. The principle is splendid, but in practice each 
brother "in honor prefering one another" prefers the 
other. It has also been suggested from time to time 
that each pastor pick out the very heart of his best 
sermon and send it to us on occasion. The occasions 
are far between each other. 

The truth is that every pastor and many of our 
laymen (including women) have their own ideas 
about the church and religious principles and if they 
would only share them, these would constitute the 
voice of the church. Where is the voice of the 
church? Alas too silent! Perhaps too modest? Can 
we count on your help ? 

W. E. R. 

Publication Offering 

The response to our appeal for gifts to be applied 
on our new publication building has been very grati- 
fying. We are presenting herewith the first report 
beginning with the first letter of the alphabet and 
following through systematically. There will be a re- 
port in each issue of the Evangelist until the report 
is complete. On behalf of the Brethren Publication 
Board I wish to express our thanks for your very fine 
and generous response. If there are individuals or 
churches who have not sent in their gifts, kindly 
send as soon as possible. Again many thanks for your 


Mrs. Ethel & Ruth Harley $ 2.00 

Mrs. E. L. Kilhefner 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. A. Hazen 10.00 

Mrs. J. Allen Miller 3.00 

Mrs. A. L. DeLozier 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Shively 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Myron Kimmel 5.00 

Mrs. Anna Holmes 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Lindower 2.00 

R. R. Teeter 1-00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Greer 3.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl Mohler 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. L. V. King 4.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. G. Mason 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Jacobs 2.00 

H. Newcomb 3.00 

Mrs. Ethel Tinkey 1-00 ; 

The Brethren Evangeli: 

"/ am crucified with. Christ: nevertheless I live; net not 
I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in 
the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved 
me, and gave himself for me." 

— -Galatians 2:20 

I Have Been Grucified With Ghpist 

Rev. S. E. Christiansen 


The thought of being crucified with Christ, real- 
ized in life was as difficult for the Jews to grasp 
as it is for us today. There are many who want to 
follow Christ and are distantly true, but who do 
not want to "die with Christ." They, like Peter, fol- 
low at a distance. As we carefully and conscien- 
tiously state the truth, how few of us really live for 
Christ. I mean in close touch with Him, that in ev- 
eiy way we may reflect Him among men. 

We often repeat the words, "Whatsoever ye 
would that men should do unto you, do ye even so 
to them." If we firmly believed this and practiced 
it, how differently our actions might reflect each 
day. We could then say, "The life I now live is the 
life that Christ liveth in me." 

"I am crucified with Christ." This is the essence 
of a living faith. The nature of this eternal life in 
Christ Jesus is not put on by skill or learning of 
men, but it is through Jesus who is living in and 
through me. This life He lives in me as I abide in 
Him. Jesus says, "Abide in Me and I in you. As a 
bi'anch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in 
the vine : no more can ye except ye abide in Me." I 
died with Him and He liveth in me. That is how He 
loved me and gave himself for me, in order that He 
might grant unto me eternal life. He came in to 
stay. He asks me to abide, that we may be able to 
work together. Paul said, "By faith is this life 

Faifh becomes a Real \]'orki}i(/ Force 

In other words, I am trusting another; I have 
confidence sufficient to accept Him and do for Him 
what He bids me do. "He that believeth on the Son, 
hath eternal life." How hath eternal life? He who 
believes and trusts. 

I am become a Temple in which Jesus dwells. 
Woe unto him that defiles this temple. We read, 
"If thou continue in goodness: otherwise thou also 
shall be cut off." For Jesus says. "Without me ye 
can do nothing." 

Why then the Cross? Without the cross there is 
no Crown. Jesus said. "Take up thy cross and fol- 
low me." The curse which was placed upon the sin- 
ner, Christ Jesus placed upon himself. He alone 

could outlive it. He bore my sins on the cross. I coul 
not bear it. But Jesus could and did. Therefore I ar 
dead with Christ and the life I now live I live b; 
faith in Christ Jesus. 

The cross of Jesus is the place where the sinne 
dies with Christ. The cross represents death. Th 
blood is that which He poured out for the sinner a 
a sacrifice for his sin. We overcome Satan witl 
the blood of Jesus. It is that blood that has the pow 
er to overcome all sin and the desires of this work 
The person who knows in his body and soul th 
ci'oss of Christ will not hesitate to take up tha 
cross daily and bear it. For he has been crucif ie 
with Christ in his flesh. Gal. 5 :24. Our victories ar 
over Satan and his seed only in as far as we mak 
the Cross real in our lives. 

Since the scriptures point definitely to the bloc 
and His death on the cross it becomes clear thf 
these are essential. It is the blood that cleanses th 
confessor from sin. The flesh, wliich is called, "th, 
Old Adam" must be crucified. i 

The flesh is in no wise to be sheltered by th 
blood, but the flesh is to bo crucified with Chris 
We are to consider ourselves "dead unto sin" anj 
"alive unto God." If we accept this we can count 
as done. 

Sin works bodily desires, making itself visiblij 
That is why we must be delivered from the cuR, 
and translated into the Grace of God, in order 
Romans 6:19 says, to attain holiness in mind an 

It was when Christ cried out, "It is finished" thi 
the head of Satan was crushed and the power of Jj 
sus was made manifest. That finished work on tl 
cross brought reconciliation for the sinner, by tl 
gift of God. 

Paul says, "I am crucified with Christ." Th| 
means that I am also crucifying the world, my boil 
and all material things. "I keep my body undeu 
How important this is. The flesh cannot please Go 

"They which have not the Spirit of Christ a 
none of His." Does the battle cease when Christ e 
ters in. No. It just begins. There will be the Ul 


March 28, 1942 

ong struggle until this corruptible has put on in- 
terruption, and this mortal has put on immortality. 

When Christ takes possession of the Soul, howev- 
;r, the old Adam nature dies daily and will become 
ess and less controling as we yield to the Spirit's 
guidance. The same Spirit which raised Jesus from 
;he dead will quicken our mortal bodies as that 
spirit dwelleth in us. 

You say, "Why be crucified with Christ?" You 
say, "The Cross is a burden." You say, "It means 
suffering and ofttimes a deal of persecution." 

But remember : Without the Cross there is no 
;;rown. Without the Cross there is no Resurrec- 
ion. True we will have persecution. But what is 
hat persecution compared with the Glory which 
;hall follow? 

We are living in earnest expectation. Waiting for 
lur deliverance from bondage. We are waiting for 
he redemption of our bodies. And we should wait 
batiently with an undaunted hope while the Spirit 

makes intercession for us with groanings which 
cannot be uttered. 

The sea upon which we are sailing is often rough. 
But we have a complete trust in God. For we know 
that all things work together for good to them that 
love God, and who are the called according to His 

Paul admonishes the saints in his Roman letter 
as follows: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by 
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a 
living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is 
your reasonable service. And be not conformed to 
this world : but ye be transformed by the I'enewing 
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, 
and acceptable, and perfect will of God." 

The perfect will of God is that which we shall at- 
tain when, being crucified with Him and buried 
with Him, and resurrected with Him, and living 
with Him, we come to the end of Life's journey as a 
living witness of Him. 


The Seven Gries From The Gross 

A iMp&italuin 

' One. The first of these cries from the cross is. 
Father forgive them, for they know not what they 
0," Luke 23 :34. The Roman soldiers in their indif- 
erence toward this poor Jew were ignorant of what 
hey were really doing. So Jesus says, "Father, for- 
ive — they know not." His human suffering is ov- 
rshadowed by divine love. They were crucifying 
neir best friend and were blind to that fact. That 
; the trouble with us ; we do things against him in 
fiameless crucifixion because we are blind to the 
3al situation. 

They are crucifying him, but he still prays for 
lem. Any one who forgets Jesus in his selfish pur- 
ose of satisfying his individual desires is as guilty 
5 were the Romans for whom Jesus prayed. And 
it some modern folks continue to disregard Christ's 
rayer for them. 

I Two. Then comes the "word" indicating his sav- 
.ig love for men: "This day shalt thou be with me 
i Paradise," Luke 23:43. This is practical love. 
3SUS had asked for others' forgiveness. Now he 
)rgives this man who cries to him. This man asked 
I be "remembered." Jesus' distinct reply was, 
This day with me." 

: Three. "Mother, behold thy son ;" and, "Son, be- 
)ld thy mother;" John 19:26, 27. Again Jesus' 
''mpathy for others is evident. In his agony he re- 
embers his mother's grief and provides loving 
re and sympathy for her. 

Four. Now we pass from his tender thought of 
■hers to the realization of his own poignant suffer- 
'g. Jt is voiced in Matt, 27 :46 and Mark 15 :34. Je- 

sus cried, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsak- 
en me?" 

"From the sixth hour there was darkness over all 
the land unto the ninth hour." All was still. But out 
of that stillness came the cry: "My God, why?" Sin 
had separated man from God. Sin put Christ on the 
Cross. Jesus seems to say, "These around me have 
left me alone to suffer ; some cannot help ; others 
will not: Father, will you leave me to suffer alone?" 

We have a part in this sacrifice because of the 
price he paid. 

Five. At the opening of his ministry Jesus had 
asked a woman for a drink after a long and weary 
journey, and offered her in return, living water. 

Just before being nailed to the cross, he had been 
offered a stupefying potion but he had refused it. 
This offer of an opiate and later the recognition by 
one malefactor of Jesus' innocence, and the hopelss 
fidelity of a few women and one of the Twelve who 
were "standing by the cross" were the only gleams 
of compassion across this cruel day. Then allowing 
his human feeling to have sway at the last, he cries, 
"I thirst." 

Six and Seven. After receiving the drink, he 
says, "It is finished." John 19:30. This is his last 
message to earth. Now he turns heavenward, say- 
ing, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." 
Luke 23 :46. And then he yielded up his spirit to 

Let us be prepared to live for God. Then, when 
the end comes, we can trustfully say, "Into thy 
hands I commend my Spirit," 

— ^Selected 

The Brethren Evangelis 

This America? 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

At War 

For twenty-five years, we have had a kind of 
peace. If it was a reaction against the denials and 
horrors through which we had gone during the first 
World War, we may be able thus to account for 
some things that are happening now. One dares 
scarcely believe that the things we are doing now 
must be done to save a way of life ; that a nation 
would so soon be forced to necessary new denials 
and sacrifices such as we already have, no compari- 
son to what we shall need before victory. We are 
called to awake and many awaking will be shocked 
at what they see happening. 

Clmrlie McCarthy 

A wooden dummy has become one of the most 
challenging contesters for our Sunday evenings. 
The time was even in the memory of some of us 
that the Sunday evening church service was our 
most valued opportunity for the conquest of evil. It 
was our evangelistic opportunuity when we could 
expect unsaved people who never thought of wor- 
shiping in the morning service. Often, they were 
won to the Lord in an evangelistic appeal contrary 
to all their plans and intentions. It is still so in 
some missions and tabernacles. 

But not so long ago a leading preacher said this 
little wooden Charlie gets a larger hearing than 
any other entertainment; if it is not still so, it is 
not far from it. Of course, his audience, however 
large is by no means as great as that that hears the 
gospel through its many methods of appeal these 
inventive days. We shall not concede that for multi- 
tudes of preachers are pi'eaching at the same hour. 
But Charlie is a competitor. Says this preacher: "He 
has become the chief threat to the continuation of 
Sunday Night services. Unless Charlie McCarthy 
lets slip his hold upon our young life, there will be 
a generation of flip, heartless, wise-cracking whin- 
ers developed out of the example which he provides. 
. . . Charlie McCarthy is a straw in the wind 
and what a tempest it is !" 

It may be objejcted that much of this is over- 
statement. But it is strangely and oppressingly true 
that many people of the church who once were con- 
sistently faithful to all its program are now quite 
happy to finish it all off with a single, formal, ritu- 
alistic morning worship service. If the church neg- 

lects its evangelistic opportunity, it will lose i 
fervor and its gains. Let it be said at least, th; 
church-members do not neglect the house of God f( 
a wooden dummy that gives opportunity for "fur 
that sometimes has a pronounced silliness to say tl 
least thing possible. If Sunday is our holy day, I 
us not make it our silly day. If it is a time for wo 
ship, it is also a time to win for the Lord. If churc 
services are planned, it is time to attend that. 
Mayr-is Oianey 

"A few gentlemen in Congress have suggests 
that there is something not quite right in the dan 
ing profession. Dancing is an art and those wl 
practice that art work faithfully to perfect ther 
selves. I think that they should command our r 
spect just as all other good workers do." From "Oi 
Day" by our First Lady. 

This defense of her position and attitude to dan 
ing leaves nothing to be asked of Mrs. Roosevel 
She believed it worth enough to pay a dancer $46C 
of civilian defense money yearly to have dancin 
taught to the children. The "few gentlemen in Coi 
gross" for this time were quite in line with tl 
pulse of our nation and the dancer has had the goc 
sense to resign. One can easily believe that our Fir! 
Lady does not see the evil results of this "art". SI 
certainly does not attend the evil places where hi 
man life is wrecked and spoiled. In the public pa: 
ades such as she leads many times, the dance : 
quite a different thing from that of the public ha 
and rink. The general environment, the absence ( 
restraints, the scarceness of clothes, together wit 
the absence of such people as would restrain hi 
led the dancing profession to be condemned by mil 
isters, church Boards and Councils and Confe 
ences in all its history and by many dancers ther 
selves ; and we may be proud that there was enoug 
good sense left in our citizenry to cause the reve 
sion of this quite useless and unnecessary outlay <i 
the tax-payer's money foi- a thing that will not ( 
this war any good since it was proposed "for tj 
children". Millions of Christians would lose fail, 
in our Congress is they apropriate tax money 
what they believe to be unworthy ends. 
Joe Louis 

The time was when if two gargantuan men war' 
ed to pummel each other to within a breath 
death, in this country, they had to go off into sor 
swampy corner or to a distant island where the ( 
ficers of the law could not reach them before one 
the other could no longer stand up ; their barbai 
work finished. But all that is changed. Before -t 

March 28, 1942 

last of the big encounters lasting less than three 
minutes, a recent candidate for the presidency laud- 
ed one of the fighters to the skies and said nice 
things of the other. One reporter said this : "Joe 
Louis heard himself praised, his generosity and pa- 
triotism extolled and the voice of Wendell Wilkie 
drowned out in a perfect thunder of cheers just be- 
fore his battle ... in which he laid his title, 
easily worth a million on the line, and fought for 
nothing, for his country and for the Naval Relief 

"It was a grand thing Joe did, without parallel in 
the history of the ring. Today a whole nation rings 
with his praises. Comparatives there are none, and 
the superlatives will all be used up. Nothing can be 
said about the dusky champion that isn't deserved 
100%." So, this is America in 1942! 

Of course, this sport writer did not know per- 
haps, that a Movie Topper did a much larger thing 
when he donated two pictures that would have net- 
ted him perhaps $250,000. His name is Gary Grant, 
to give propel- credit. 


This is a great name in the halls of Gongress be- 
cause of two of that name who rose high in the 
councils of the nation in Gongi-ess. Tallulah too, as 
an artist in the theater and on the radio has won 
great fame. But she has a sister who has made 
headlines in another way. Recently she was marri- 
'ed for the seventh time. Three times to the same 
[man, but seven, nevertheles. She is but another of 
the signs of the new times in which we are. States 
now vie with each other for the divorce business. I 
believe that Florida now holds the record offering 
"Divorces While You Play" as one has phrased it. 
Ninety days residence is all that is needed in most 
cases; almost any accusation will suffice. Only 42 
■days are needed in Nevada, but that is far off and 
Qot so good a play-place, perhaps. Florida believes 
chat is a reason they can keep them in the state a 
.Mt longer. One divorce took just nine minutes and 
some are divorced with only one party knowing of 
t ! Again, these are but straws in the wind. Is it 
;uiy wonder if older people cry out against such 
;hanges in our conduct as will surely bring judg- 
nent and retribution? "Sure, we resent this divorce 
■acket" said a Florida lawyer, "but resentment is 
lulled by greed." God's way is one man for one 

Youth! Youth! 

"5,000,000 out of 21,000,000 between the ages of 
6 and 24 only a few months ago were out of work. 
?hat tells a tale. 7,000,000 American boys and girls 
.re enlisted in the ai'my of crime before reaching 
he voting age. One-fifth of our deadly outlaws, our 
lurderers, our machine-gunning desperados are 
joung people." These are statements of the head 
if our FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. He knows. A crimi- 

nal cannot be enlisted in the regular army. What a 
travesty on our great America ! 

Is it not a time for us to be "steadfast, immov- 
able, always abounding in the work of the Lord?" 
It is said that young men in the army are calling, 
shouting for Bibles. Not enough are being given to 
supply them. Does it take war to awaken us to seri- 
ous thinking? Has it been true that, during our re- 
cent past, we had become soft, loving ease and plea- 
sure, dissatisfied with the restraints our ancestors 
and our God put upon us ? I am sure that time vdll 
prove it all too true. 

Boastful of our past history, proud of our present 
possession of the best way of living any people ev- 
er knew, had all but forgotten the Source "from 
whom all blessings flow?" Will a few defeats help 
us? Let us pray that somehow, we shall know our 
America and know too, how far we have drifted 
from our heritages and i-eturn to the Lord and to 
"our God and He will abundantly pardon." "There 
is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the end 
thereof is death." Have our people been traveling 
that way? "All His paths are peace." 

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Brethren Doctrines as 

the Fathers 
Believed and Taught 

Rev. L. A. Myers 

The following article which will be brought to you in the 
next several numbers of The Evangelist, is timely in the 
face of the fact that we are spending some time in study of 
Brethren Emphasis. Use it in conection with your study. 

This subject necessitates answering the question, "What 
is Brethren Doctrine?" While there are shades of difference 
in belief concerning some fundamental doctrines, generally 
all are agreed on what Brethren have believed and prac- 
ticed until the present time. It becomes necessary to set forth 
these beliefs as based upon New Testament Scripture and to 
show the practice and teaching of the early Church, as set 
forth by the Fathers. 

"The Fathers" are writers of the first six centuries, who 
give the beliefs and doctrines of the Church at that time. 
The Apostolic Fathers are a group of writers, thus named 
in supposition that they were personally conversant with 
one or more of the Apostles. Such an example is found in 
Irenaeus, about 130 A. D., who was a pupil of Polycarp, who 
was an associate of of John the Disciple and a contemorary 
with him for twenty-six years. 

Our proposition is. What is Brethren Doctrine and how 
did the early Fathers teach it? 

Brethren Doctrine teaches that Christianity is the revela- 
tion of God, through Jesus Christ, whereby i-econciliation 
and a new spiritual life in fellowship with Himself are 
brought to mankind. These doctrines are based upon the 
New Tetsament revelation as given by Jesus and His Apos- 
tles. The Fathers believed and taught that which had been 
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The Editors Speak 

No event that ever took 
place in the world had 
such far reaching influ- 
ence and meaning as did 
the death of Christ on the 
cross. The death of Jesus 
had universal signif- 
icance. Not one person in 
all the earth escapes the 
judgment effected by the 
cross. It is not an idle 
question when we seek the answer as to why a man 
so holy and without fault had to die as a common 
malefactor. Why should One so faithful to minis- 
ter and help be despised and rejected of men? Was 
Jesus' life a failure? There have been some who so 
judged it. Every redeemed soul emphatically an- 
swers, no, His life was no failure but the revealing 
of infinite riches. 

The enemies of Jesus were made to marvel at His 
calm and uncomplaining life of sorrow and pain. 
"When he was afflicted, he opened not his mouth." 
Romans and Jews were made to wonder at his si- 
lence when led to the place of death. E. McN. Poteat 
offers this suggestion, "Jesus regarded his death as 
an accomplishment which he did accomplish in a 
triumph of trust in God and love for man . . ." 
What Jesus stood for was of such value and eternal 
worth that Jesus would brave death in order that 
eternal life might be revealed. If Christ would not 
shun death for that for which he came to reveal 
what should be our attitude as his disciples but to 
lose our lives in faithful trust in the truth Christ 
has revealed? We shall live only as we believe as did 
our Lord when he said, "He that would save his life 
shall lose it, and whosoever will lose his life for my 
sake and the gospel shall find it." 

Jesus could have escaped the cross if he had so 
chosen to do so. It would have been quite easy for 
him to have withdrawn himself to some quiet place 
and there taught a few believers and friends rath- 
er than go to Jerusalem. In fact, Jesus said, "No 
man taketh my life from me, I lay it down of my- 
self that I might take it again." He is the Lord of 
life and the Master of death. What greater testi- 
mony could he offer that he was the Lord of life 
than to take the way of the cross? Jesus voluntarily 
gave himself. He came to do the Father's will, and 
in the garden he realized the cross was in the Fath- 
er's plan. In the same connection, (John 18:11), Je- 
sus said to Peter, "The cup which my Father hath 
given me, shall I not drink it?" In his humiliation as 
the Servant, Jesus became obedient even unto death. 
Jesus manifests perfect submission to the Father. 
Jesus asks of those who would become his disciples 

Why Did Jesus Die? 

Dr. R. F. Porte 


perfect submission to his will. Jesus made possible 
our atonement for sin by his own yieldedness and 
we who trust him for eternal peace and blessed- 
ness will find the fruit of his death in our own com- 
plete yieldedness to Christ Jesus our Lord. 

The death of Christ manifests to what ends God 
will go to save his lost people from eternal death. 
Poteat points out two facts which go to explain the 
death of Christ, first, "the consciousness of his son- 
ship to God," and second, "his claim to be the Mes- 
siah." This relationship is expressed at the baptism 
(Luke 3:22) and at the Transfiguration (Mark 
9:7). The messianic role is presented at Casserea 
Phillippi (Matthew 16:16f), where Peter said, 
"Thou art the Messiah, the Son of God." Jesus re- 
marked to Peter, "My Father revealed this to you." 
The conversation Jesus had with Moses and Elijah 
on the mount of Transfiguration was about "his de- 
cease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem." On 
the way to Emmaus, Jesus referred to what the 
prophets had said about the suffering Messiah. The 
experience of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane 
was the final assurance that he was in the will of 
the Father and that the sacrifice on Calvary was the 
way of accomplishing the eternal will of God. It 
may be correctly stated that sacrifice is written in 
the divine plan of God. 

There are two contrasting ideas represented on 
Calvary. First we witness the Love of the Holy God 
for a world of sinners and the fact of the state of 
sin and rebellion in which the world lies. God is Just 
and the Justifier of them that believe. God in His 
Infinite mercy will do what man cannot possibly do, 
God will be consistent with His own Holy character 
and also become the Savior of His lost people. How- 
ls this to be accomplished except one member of the 
Godhead take the place of the sinner and make an 
offering of Himself for the sins of the whole world. 
The moment had come when as Paul puts it, (Ro- 
mans 3:25), "to declare his righteousness for the 
remission of sins that are past, through the forbear- 
ance of God." There has been no direct dealing with 
the sin problem until the cross. The whole redemp- 
tion plan is completed in one great divine event, the 
death of Christ on Calvary. When believers receive 
the benefits of Calvary they have obeyed the words 
of Paul in Romans 12:1, 2 ". . . present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God 

March 28, 1942 

. . . and be not conformed to this world . ." 
This writer wishes to present this thought namely 
that the life hid with Christ in God has as its es- 
sential character, sacrifice. It is the life that trusts 
itself to God without hesitancy. "He that would save 
his life shall lose it." We are saved by faith in the 
will of God revealed to us in Christ. 

In the book of the Revelation (13:8), are the 
words, ". . . the Lamb slain from the foundation 
of the world." I offer this scripture as setting 
forth the fact of the essential sacrificial character 
of God. When Jesus speaks of Himself in the role 
of the good Shepherd he states that the "Good 
Shepherd giveth his life for his sheep." As the Shep- 
herd, Jesus not only rescues the lost sheep, he 
brings the sheep back to life in the fold. Jesus im- 
parts the life that makes possible a victory over sin 
■and its consequences. Jesus died for us and he arose 
to life for us. The cross reveals what God thinks of 
sin and what God can do to abolish sin and its con- 
sequences. The old covenant spoke of the conse- 
quences of sin in the blood offerings made at the 
great altar, on Calvary, not only was an offering of 
jblood made but after the death of the Lamb of God 
and His burial in Joseph's tomb, God raised Him to 
life again through the eternal Spirit (Romans 8:11 ; 
Heb. 9:14). The victory over sin does not end with 
"satisfaction to divine justice" there must be life in 

the place of inevitable death and this life is mani- 
fested in Christ our Lord and is available to them 
who trust and believe him. 

The death of Christ on the cross has not changed 
a thing except for the sinner who repents and be- 
lieves on Christ Jesus as Lord. The holiness of God 
remains the same. God's attitude toward sin is the 
same. The consequences of sin are the same but 
whosoever repents of his sin and turns to Christ in 
true faith and complete trust is immediately saved 
from the penalty and power of sin. The death of 
Christ provides a way for the penitent believing 
sinner to the very Presence of God. God's love is 
manifested by the death of Christ toward sinners 
but to them that spurn this way of salvation "there 
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain 
fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indigna- 
tion. . ." (Hebrews 10:27). The cross marks the 
salvation of our sacrificing God on behalf of sinnei's 
that "whosoever believeth on him should not pei'- 
ish but have everlasting life." This writer is anxious 
that his readers might study the idea that Jesus' 
words, "If any man would come after me. let him 
deny himself and take up his ci'oss and follow me." 
(Matthew 16:24), are consistent with the eternal 
plan of God. The life that is everlasting is the life 
that does not spare itself from sacrifice. 

— Warsaw, Indiana 


Education and World Betterment ^^- e. g. m 


A world in turmoil at a time when the leading 
nations are said to be enligthened seems paradoxi- 
■3al. We believe the aggressor nation in this conflict, 
s German, one of the so-called cultured and pro- 
gressive leaders of the world. Against Germany 
'md the Axis powers. Great Britain and the United 
States are aligned. The three great cultural and en- 
ightened centers of the world are locked in the 
nost far-flung and destructive war of all time. 
Jow could such a condition develop in what has 
oeen called the most enlightened and the most cul- 
ured period of all time? We have assured ourselves 
hat such a war could not happen in these days and 
•ven if it did happen that it would be confined to 
ountries across the sea. But in spite of our assur- 
nces and our complacencies it has come to us. 

The United States has long been the cradle of 
)emocracy wherein the individual rights of man 
re held with high respect. It is here that man has 
»een free to pursue the religious belief and the vo- 
ation of his choice, and he has enjoyed ownership 
f the product of his labors. He has been educated 
t public expense because the American people 
ave believed that education will make him a bet- 

ter citizen. Our public schools have had a threefold 
purpose of educating for good citizenship, for voca- 
tional preparation and for preparation for college. 
But under a system of compulsory education, only 
a small percentage of high school graduates go to 
college and greater emphasis has more recently 
been given to the building of good citizenship and 
preparation for making a living after leaving high 

In England the general program of public educa- 
t'on was designed for the masses but that of secon- 
dary and higher education was open to those who 
were able to do the work or financially in a position 
to do it. For our purpose in this article, the public 
school systems of the United States and England 
are similar in many respects, but in England the 
emphasis in higher education is upon government 
service to a greater extent than it is in the United 

In Germany the emphasis was upon the superior- 
ity of the German people over all other peoples, and 
upon the conviction that the Germans were des- 
tined to lead the world. 


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There are worthy features in each of these sys- 
tems of public education, but primarily all are ex- 
pected to product a citizenry that is willing to bear 
arms for the nation if a crisis arises. Perhaps even 
this objective may be defended. But within a Dem- 
ocracy we cannot lightly set aside the idea that the 
main objective of education is the growth and de- 
velopment of the individual. In a Democracy, the 
emphasis is upon the individual. It recognizes that 
he possesses certain individual rights, that a gov- 
ei'nment exists for the purpose of guaranteeing 
these rights to the people and that it (the govern- 
ment) derives its powers from the people. In other 
words, in a democratic form of government, the 
government exists for the welfare of its people. 
In a totalitarian state such as Germany the 
opposite is true. There the state or government is 
considered to be the more important and reduces 
the individual to a position that is subsurvient to 
the government. Human rights are sacrificed for 
governmental existence. Therefore education in a 
totalitarian state is devoted to that end. 

A program of public education may therefore be 
directed either toward the betterment of the indi- 
vidual or toward the betterment of the state. Of 
course some will argue that whatever is good for 
the state is good for its people or vice vei'sa but 
this is only partially true in either case. It makes a 
great deal of difference what the people of a state 
want or on the other hand, what the totalitarian 
state wants. 

This is the crux of the problem. What are the ob- 
jectives of education? Ai-e these objectives sound 
or just? If sound or just, what is the basis upon 
which soundness and justice rests? 

A sound educational philosophy must rest upon a 
solid foundation. That foundation is not a man- 
made theory or idea. It must go beyond that. It 
must be right. What is the standard of measure- 
ment between right and wiong? Is it man's idea 
or judgment? We believe that it must go deeper 
than that. Non-Chi-istian peoples find what they be- 
lieve it to be in the writings or sayings of their na- 
tional heroes or religious leaders. Therefoi'e it rests 
only upon a human basis. Christian peoples base 
their standard.s of rights upon Divinity, the God 
of our Fathers and upon the teachings of His Son, 
Jesus Christ. It is here that we find a solid founda- 
tion for our educational and political philosophies. 
It is here that we find the origin of our beliefs. It 
is here that we find a safe and true standard of 

It makes a great deal of difference what we be- 
lieve because it is from what we believe that our 
actions and behaviors spring. As Christians we be- 
lieve that each individual is created in the image of 
God and that God has endowed each with certain 
talents or abilities foi- which the individual himself 

is responsible. This is the essence of the Christian 
way of life. It is the essence also of the Democratic 
way of life. The two must go hand in hand and it is 
very difficult to see how one can exist without the 

Now what has all this to do with World Better- 
ment? Simply this: if the world society is to be- 
come better, all individuals in the world society 
must know, understand and practice the code of 
Christian ethics. This is the only answer. In order 
to teach it to the world, the Christian must teach it 
both by precept and example and there seems to be 
as much demand for teaching by both precept and 
example right here at home in places of both high i 
and low estate as there is for its teaching among 
non-Christian peoples. 

Where Christianity prevails one would expect its 
ethical code to function, but it functions properly 
only where each individual faithfully practices it. 
Actions and behaviors speak much more loudly 
than words. This, it seems to the writer, is the so- 
lution to the problem, but how to get it done is the 
question ? 

Can the public school system be depended upon to 
teach the Christian way of life to the youth of the 
nation? I fear not. Can the Church do it? Yes, if the 
individual church members practice it faithfully i 
and consistently, but we cannot fully depend upon 
it. Can the Church do moi'e than it is now doing? 
Certainly. What would happen if each member of 
all Christian churches in the United States and the 
world would live a faithful and consistent Christ- 
ian life in his own sphere of influence? The idea 
would spread rapidly and widely. But will he do it? 

Now if we can't get all Church members to do it, 
we can try to get our own Brethren people to do it. 
But in order to do that, each member will have to 
assume the responsibility for his own acts and ef- 
forts. The united efforts of all will accomplish won- 
ders. We must remember and understand that one 
individual by himself can accomplish little, but as 
a united church, much nioi-e may be accomplished. 

If higher education is one means of accomplish- 
ing this purpose and we believe it is, then we must 
support higher education. Higher education is 
largely devoted to preparing leaders and lay work- 
eivs for active service, not only for service within i 
the Church, but in the life of the community as i 
well, wherever the individual may reside. The pub-, 
lie schools are not accomplishing it now, so it seems ' 
that we must depend in the future upon a new crop 
of leaders. 

If the Brethren Church should rally around it> 
own program and push it both by precept and ex- 
ample, we will be able to make great progress 
Then let us adopt and support our whole progi'an 
with all of its institutions and organizations sc 
that we may do our part in World Betterment. T( 


March 28, 1942 

do this we must recognize the important relation- 
ship of each organization to the Church as a whole. 

Our educational institution, Ashland College and 
Seminary, is the only organization in our Church 
through which we can accomplish our ends in the 
training of individuals for leadership in the Minis- 
try and among the Laity. Therefore it is strongly 
urged that the Church membership as a unit, keep 
that organization functioning properly. 



(Continued from page 3) 

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Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Miller 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Lonero 2.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe E. Stuckey 5.00 

Mrs. Ira D. Slotter 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Vanator 15.00 

Mrs. Eugene Rumbaugh 1.00 

Miss Myrtle King 1.00 

Mrs. H. H. Lehman 1.00 

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Rev. & Mrs. G. C. Carpenter 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. R. Haun 5.00 

Robert Holsinger 1.00 

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Arthur H. DeLozier 5.00 

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Mr. & Mrs. David Boss 2.00 

Mrs. S. E. Duncan 1.00 

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Brethren Doctrine as the 

Fathe s Believed and Taught 

(Continued from Page 7) 

given to them in practice and teaching before the Nevif Test- 
ament scriptures were known as such. They gained their 
knowledge from those who were directly associated with the 
Apostles and knew their teaching. 

Thus, Brethren believe that God is a personal Spirit, per- 
fectly good, who, in holy love, creates, sustains and orders all. 
He is the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. Man is the consti- 
tution of body and spirit, created by God in His image and 
likeness. Man disobeyed God's law by yielding to temptation ; 
committed an act of sin and became a fallen being and the 
founder of a corrupt race. By natural propagation, human 
nature was transmitted as it is in its depravity of the stock 
of mankind. 

Jesus Christ was the Son of God, the true expression of 
God, and also man's way back to Him. He came forth from 
God when He came into the world and was identified with 
Him in aim and action, always doing the will of God. Jesus 
said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh 
unto the Father but by me." Man's only hope for himself is 
to return to God through Jesus Christ. 

Man must recognize his own fallen state and utter sinful- 
ness and the necessity of a new beginning; a new birth. 
"Verily I say unto you, except a man be bom of water and 


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of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Ye 
must be born again." 

He must recognize the vicarious atonement of the Lord 
•Jesus Christ through the shedding of His own blood. 

He must see the significance of the resurrection of the 
Lord in the body in which He suffered and died, and His 
subsequent glorification. 

The resurrection of the dead and the judgment of the 
world and the life everlasting of the just must embrace his 
ambitions and be a part of his expectations. 

He must lecognize the personality and deity of the Holy 
Spirit who indwells the Christian and is his Comforter and 

He must recognize the Scriptures in their teaching of the 
personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven as 
King of kings and Lord of lords. 

Therefore fallen man's first step back to God is his own 
consciousness of his own sin and his need of a Savior in Je- 
sus and his need of salvation. His uttermost desire must be 
to get rid of his sins. In John 3:14, Jesus says, "As Moses 
lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so shall the Son 
of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth on him shall 
not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus was lifted up 
on the Cross; His blood was shed; His life was given a ran- 
some. The result of it all is that God has paid the debt; 
man's redemption is fixed, and now as it stands, "Whosoev- 
er shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." 

The New Birth signifies a new heart, a new life, cleansed 
and purified from the old life of sin. Paul says it is a new 
walk in a new life after the "old man" has been crucified 
and the old life put to an end. Putting the old man of sin to 
death and burying him out of sight prepares the way for 
the new man as he merges from the old burial to the resur- 
rection scene. The fact is, there is complete destruction of 
the Old Man of sin, in order to give way to the activities of 
the New Man in Christ Jesus. The effectiveness of this pro- 
cedure depends upon the obedience of the sinner and the de- 
gree of faith he exercises in his Savior. There is no way to 
escape faith and obedience. He must confess his own sins to 
God and acknowledge his allegiance to Jesus. This openly 
identifies him with the cause of Christ and allies him with 
all the friends of Jesus. This is a sign of the indwelling spir- 
it. "Hereby know ye the spirit of God," I John 4:2, "Every 
spirit that confesses that Jesus is come in the flesh is of 
God." This is the evidence of the New life. 

Confession of sin was a preparatory step to receiving 
Christian baptism under the Apostles. When the Eunuch de- 
sired baptism, he was informed that if he believed with all 
his heart he could be baptized. He said, "I believe that Jesus 
Christ is the Son of God." (Acts 8:37) This confession must 
be followed by obedience. "Not every one that saith unto 
me, Lord, Loi'd, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but 
he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." 

In Holsinger's History of the Tunkers, the author says, 
"Genuine regeneration is nothing more than genuine obedi- 
ence to the Lord in all his commandments; and everyone 
who is born again will say as Jesus said, 'Thus it behooveth 
us to fulfil all righteousness.' (Matt. 3:1.5). Thus obedience 
to the ordinance of baptism is inseparably connected with 
genuine regeneration." In Romans 6:3, Paul says, "Know ye 
not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ 
were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with 
him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised 
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we shall 

walk in newness of life." Also in I Peter 3:18, "Christ also 
hath suffered for (our) sins, the just for the unjust, that 
he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, 
but quickened by the spirit; the like figure whereunto even 
baptism doth also save us (not by the putting away of the 
flesh but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ." 

In the "History of Christian Doctrine," in the Apostolic 
Fathers, by Park Fisher (page 66), Fisher says, "Baptism 
being the remission of sins and the purifying grace of the 
spirit, is frequently said or implied in the early writers. In 
one place, Ignatius ascribes the death of Christ as a purify- 
ing effect upon the baptismal waters. Barnabas says, "We 
go down into the waters, laden with sins and filth and rise 
from it bearing fruit in the heart, resting our hope and fear 
in Jesus in the spirit." How nearly parallel is that to Paul's 
crucifixion of the Old Man, his burial and the resurrection 
of the New Man to walk in a newness of life. 

The pastor of Hermas says, (160 A. D.) "They descend 
into the water and they arise alive." How much like Paul 
again. Irenaeus says, "For they have been instigated by Sa- 
tan to a denial of baptism, which is regenerative, for the 
baptism instigated by the visible Jesus was for the remis- 
sion of sins." Here the necessity of baptism is taught by 
Irenaeus as a part of the regenerative process. 

Clement says, "For our first birth descends through the 
fire of lust and therefore by the divine appointment, this 
second birth is introduced by water, which may extinguish 
the nature of fire." He further says, "Being born again to 
God of Water by reason of fear, you change your first gen- 
eration which is of lust, and thus you are able to obtain sal- 
vation, but otherwise it is impossible." 

We come to Justin Martyr of the second century, A. D. 
150, another representative of the Fathei-s, and he says, "Asl 
many as were persuaded by us to be true to these things 
that are taught and spoken by us, and as many as can give 
assurance that they are able to live accordingly, then they 
are led by us to where there is water and are regenerated 
in the same manner in which we ourselves were, for in thei 
name of God, the Father of all and of our Savior, Jesus j 
Christ, and the Holy Ghost, they then receive their bath in 

Tertullian, a writer of the same time (160 A. D.) repre- 
sents the significance of their baptism from a varying shade 
of the one preceding. "When we are going into the water, a 
little while before, in the presence of the congregation and 
under the hand of the president, we solemnly profess that we 
disown the devil and his pomp and his angels. Hereupon, we' 
are thrice immersed, making a somewhat ampler pledge 
than the Lord in His Gospel has appointed." 

The testimony of the Fathers on the doctrine of regener- 
ation bears out the understanding and belief of Brethren to- 
day, that this Brethren doctrine continues to be the doctrine 
of Scriptural teaching. The triune mode of baptism, its pur- 
pose and position in the redemptive plan, holds a vital place. 
It is a symbol of regeneration, representing the passing of 
the believer from the Old Life of sin to the New Life in 
Christ Jesus. We reckon ourselves to be indeed dead in sin 
and thus to be crucifying the old self in being baptized into 
death in the likeness of Jesus' death. The death and burial 
of the old self is likened unto a cleansing or washing from 
sin. This is called birth. It is a New Creaturue. Merely go- 
ing through the form does not save, but it is a saving agen- 
cy along with confession, hope and faith. 

(To he Continued) 

March 28, 1342 


Our Children's Department 


Dear Children: 

I am very glad to be back with you again, however, per- 
haps you have enjoyed having a change of letters and stories. 

Spring is here again and we are reminded of a lot of new 
things, such as new clothes, new or freshly cleaned furnish- 
ings in the house, and outside we see new blades of grass, new 
flowers of all sorts springing up through the ground. No 
doubt most of you e.xpect to have a little garden all your own 
where you can plant vegetables and flower seeds. You will 
anxiously wait for the first little shoots to peep through the 
ground. You will watch them as they grow, being careful to 
see that each little plant is kept free from weeds and that 
there is plenty of water for them to drink. 

Our Heavenly Father is the Great Care Taker of this beau- 
tiful world of ours, just as you are the care taker of your 
I own garden. You are concerned about every plant, and He is 
I much more concerned about the "living plants" of this world. 
I Let us close our eyes for a moment and imagine that we can 
' picture each one of us as flowers in a large garden. Of course 
God is the owner of this garden and he loves each one of us 
as His flowers. Wouldn't a lovely garden as big as this world 
' be a beautiful sight to see when all the flowers were in bloom ? 
I No doubt there would be every kind of flower from violets, 
with their sweet, fresh smell of the spring, to the lovely, 
velvety pink rose which perfumes the air for many feet 
around it. 

While we are not actually flowers, yet we are given life on 

this earth for a purpose. When you plant a marigold seed you 

expect to have it grow into a little yellow flower, such as 

marigolds are. And with you and me, when God gave us life 

■ He expected us to bloom for Him. He has given us our Savior 

I to come into our hearts and wash our hearts clean and free 

' from sin, just as the rain comes down from above and washes 

the little plants and gives them water to drink so they can 

; grow. He has given us the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts 

i and show us what is the right thing to do so we can grow 

spiritually, just as you go into your garden and take a hoe 

with which you carefully cut the weeds away from your little 

plants so they can grow. He has given us His Word to read 

and a means of prayer so that we may continue to grow and 

develop spiritually for Him, so we know how to live and work 

for Him. The sun shines on your little plants and helps them 

to grow so they can bloom into beautiful flowers. 

God has made us different from the little flowers. He made 
us with minds and hearts and souls. He gave us the right to 
choose whom we shall serve, God or Satan. We can not live 
for Jesus and Satan both, so you and I must decide which one 
we wish to live for. As flowers in God's garden, we certainly 
would not want to bloom for Satan, so we must take Jesus as 
our Savior and bloom for Him. 

I have written these few lines in memory of a lovely little 
rose that God let me take care of for Him for nearly three 
years — our own little Ruth Eileen. 

A Rose in God's Garden 

God planted a rose in His garden, 

His beautiful garden of love. 
It sprang forth in Heavenly splendor, 

All glowing with purity's touch. 

A rose with these petals of value — 

The estimate never is made, 
Till God in His infinite wisdom 

Shows flowers with true petals ne'er fade. 

God picked this fair rose from His garden, 

Transplanting with Fatherly love. 
Because of her Faith and .'issurrance 

Ruth's blooming in Heaven above. 

There's a rose in God's Heavenly Garden, 

A rose filled with love so Divine, 
Transformed in her own Savior's likeness. 

She'll bloom ever more by His side. 

The velvet soft petals surrounding 

The stem Christ Jesus can give, 
Encluding most cheerful endeavor, 

A smile — inspiration to live! 

Hope and unselfish surrender, 

Tender contentment and true 
Service for Him, her dear Master, 

She'd constantly, reverently do. 

The petal of tender caresses 

Ever so willingly give, 
Joy and the hope of Salvation 
And also the petal — to live. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt Loretta 


The Brethren Evangelist 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 
Topic EMitor 

Topic for April 5,1942 


Scripture Lesson — Matthew 2S:1-S 

For the Leader 

The words, "Christ Is Risen," have been heralded forth 
for over nineteen hundred years, now; yet they are as full 
of meaning and importance as they have ever been. Men 
have tried to deny the resurrection of our Lord; they have 
preached every conceivable doctrine to get around it, yet 
that great event still stands out as of major importance in 
Christianity. To deny the Resurrection of Christ is to make 
our salvation worthless, for even though Christ died to save 
us, He rose again to assure us of eternal life with Him. 

Thus it is important that we have a firm faith in the cer- 
tainty of the Resurrection, first, by a study of the facts, 
and second, by a statement of our own faith in the written 
Word of God. 


base our faith in the Bible as the written Word of God. Ev- 
en those who deny the resurrection will declare other parts 
of the Bible to be true. ' It stands to reason, that if we be- 
lieve one part of the Bible to be untrue, then we can put 
very little faith in any of the rest of it. Therefore, if we are 
to accept any portion of the Bible as being true, then we 
must accept all of it as being true, until we have proven it 

No man to this day has been able to prove the Bible, or 
any part of it, to be untrue. The Bible plainly states that 
Christ rose from the dead. Our Resurrection accounts are 
our plainest proofs. Paul declares the resurrection in I Cor. 
1.5:20, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become 
the first-fruits of them that slept." 

The more we read in the Bible about the resurrection, the 
more positive we will be in our belief that Christ is risen 
from the dead. Lack of faith comes from lack of study. 
Guard against doubt by Bible study. 

ETERNAL LIFE. Over in Paul's first letter to the Christ- 
ians at Corinth, about the 20th chapter and 16th veree, we 
read, "For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ i-aised: 
And if Christ be not raised your faith is in vain; ye are yet 
in your sins." , ' 

Here Paul plainly states that the Resurrection of Jesus 
Christ from the grave is fundamental to the Christian be- 
lief. We can have no hope for eternal life on moral grounds 
or good deeds, but this is a far cry from a belief in the Res- 
urrection of Christ. Our blessed Lord writes of himself, "Be- 
cause I live, ye shall live also." (John 14:19). The grave 
was not final for Christ, nor is it final for those who believe 
in Christ as their Savior. 

Yes, it was necessary for Christ to go to the and par 
the price of Redemption for each of us with His own blood, 
but had He not risen from the grave, this would not have 
helped much. It takes a living Savior to "jiresent us fault- 
less" before our Heavenly Father. Christ is the living Sav- 
ior for each of us who are believers in Him. May this Eas- 

ter season bring about a deepening of our respect, love and 
loyalty to Him, with a promise of greater service and wor- 
ship for Him. 

we hear and see the observation of the events of that first 
Easter. We know by heart the story of the first day of the 
week, the earthquake, the stone rolled away, the angels, the 
women coming to the tomb. We know of the good news as 
told by the angel, "he is not here, for he is risen as he said." 
And then to us has come once again the great truth that 
Christ is Risen. But now there should come a closer exami- 
nation. Is Christ risen in my heart? Do I believe that Christ 
is risen, and that in so doing. He has given me assurance of 
unending life in Heaven? Does this great truth move me in 
such a way that I am willing to sacrifice everything I own 
or hold dear, that I might take this truth to those who are 
yet in the darkness of sin? 

Paul told us that if Christ be not risen, then our faith is 
in vain. We can safely carry that over to our own personal 
belief. "If Christ is not risen in our own heart, then every- 
thing as far as our hope of the future, our success in 
Church work, and all else, is in vain. 

The throbbing of this gi-eat fundamental truth of Christ- 
ianity should pulsate through our blood and become a part 
of our being, so that we will exert evei-y effort as Christian 
young people to proclaim Christ as Savior, until all the 
world will echo with the vibrante chords of "Christ is Ris- 

The following was passed on to us by a subscriber to The 
Evangelist, with the request that we pass it on to the read- 
ers of our Church paper. This we gladly do, with the hope 
that it may make us all think. — Editor. 



The following from an English preacher should be 
alarming. It should cause most serious thought. 

"We have been a pleasure-loving people, dishonor- 
ing God's day, picnicking, and bathing, and now the 
seashores are barred!" 

We have ignored the ringing of the church bells, 
calling us to Worship and how the bells cannot ring, 
except to warn us of invasion. 

We have left our churches half empty on the 
Lord's Day, and now the buildings are in ruins. 

We would not listen to the way of peace, and now 
we are forced to listen to the way of war. 

The memory we would not give to the Lord is now 
taken from us for taxes. 

The food for which we forgot to say thanks, is now 

Nights we would not spend in prayer are now spent 
in anxious air raids. 

The evils of modernism we would not fight, ^nd 
now we face the Germany in death struggle, whicli 
produced these teachings. In view of such results the 
truth of God's plain words ought to sink into peoples 
hearts, all over the world : "If my people, which are 
called by my name, shall humble themselves, and 
pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked 
ways ; then will I hear fi'om heaven, and will forgive 
their sin, and will heal their lands". Second Chron. 
Taken from the Baptist Observer 2-5-'42. 

rtarch 28, 1942 




Please make the following addition to youi' list of Active 
llinisters in your Conference Annual. Brother Arthur Baer 
las recently moved to Cameron, W. Va., and has taken 
iharge of the Cameron Church. 

Baer, A. R. 

142 Waynesburg Avenue, 

Cameron, W. Va. 

►I- IGaiii to SfBt -r 

KURTZ^Madison A. Kurtz, a life-long resident of Wabash 
I!ounty, Indiana, died on March 2, 1942 at the age of 76 years, 
i months and 5 days. 

He was a member of the College Corner Brethren Church 
for fifty-four years. He took an active part in all the work of 
the church as long as he was able. For a number of years he 
las been in failing health. His companion preceeded him in 
death in 1935. He was always a familiar figure at all our con- 
ferences and he was widely knowTi and had many friends. 

He leaves to mourn his departure, one son. Earnest and one 
daughter, Mrs. Lee Ridenour, both of Wabash County, In- 

Services were conducted in the College Corner Church by 
Rev. C. A. Stewart, of Bryan, Ohio, assisted by Rev. C. C. 
Grisso of Loree, Indiana and Rev. Harley Zumbaugh of Tiosa, 

C. A. Stewart 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 


The Second Brethren Church, Moxham, Johnstown, Pa., 
leld a two weeks' Evangelistic Campaign March 1st to 15th, 
1942, with the Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith, of Ashland, 0., as 

' In addition to his challenging and unique gospel messages 
^ev. Klingensmith showed moving pictures of the various in- 
erests of the denomination which also were greatly appreci- 
ited. As tangible results, five children and young people 
'rom the Church School made public confession, were bap- 
'ized and received into church fellowship. 

The members themselves manifested a splendid loyalty 
n their attendance. This was supplemented by members of 
learby Brethren Churches, Johnstown First and Third, 
/inco and Conemaugh, being in attendance at every sei-vice. 
■)n the second Monday evening, the Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety of the First Brethren Church attended in a body with 
many other members. On the following Wednesday even- 
ing, the Vinco Brethren Church and Pastor, Rev. C. Y. Gil- 
iner, recalled their mid-week service and attended in a body. 
^ young peoples' chorus of 20 voices under the direction of 
JVIrs. Gilmer, sang two special numbers. The average attend- 
'ince was 90. 

i After being inactive during last summer, the young people 
jiave revived their Christian Endeavor Society, which now, 
iinder the leadership of Charles Munson, Jr., the president, 
lias an average attendance of 30, on Sunday evening, des- 
lite the fact that thei-e is no evening preaching service. 

Last November a Senior Sisterhood of Mary and Martha 
was organized with eight signing the covenant along with 
the Patroness, Miss Evajean Hammer. The first of this year, 
a choir was begun which proved a real help during the spec- 
ial services. Mrs. Web W. Hammer is the director and Mrs. 
Earl Ely, Jr., pianist. Since last October's Church Business 
Meeting, the Church has revamped its debt payment pro- 
gram, so that regular curtailments are being made. 

We greatly apreciate the Mission Board's sharing their 
busy secretary. 

William S. Crick, Minister. 

Letter from Rosario 

We give thanks to God for being able to enter so happily 
into the new year. We are having good attendance in our 
Sunday schools as well as in the meetings for preaching. The 
past three Sundays we have had but one combined Sunday 
school with an attendance of 90 or more each time. We 
hope, by the help of God, to maintain this attendance and 
enthusiasm. . . 

We have also begun work with meetings for women and 
girls with a splendid attendance. At the first meeting there 
were 25, all desirous of continuing the meetings. My wife 
was chosen to direct these meetinggs and Mrs. Miranda will 
act as secretary. We want several girls to take positions al- 
so . 

We had planned for a picnic at Christmas time, but it 
rained and we had it the 6th of January, the "day of the 
kings". But instead of a picnic we had a social meeting in 
the home of brother Garcia, and it was a very happy occa- 
sion for all. We also took some photographs of the Sunday 
school and sisters' society. 

We have received a letter from a brother in Cruz Alta of- 
fering to hold some meetings for us. He is a good preacher 
and we hope he will come. 

We are constantly widening the circle of our visits, reach- 
ing new homes and families with the Gospel. We are all 
pleased with the new church bulletin with news and mes- 
sages from all our missions and workers. God grant that it 
may be a blessing to all. With love in Christ, 
Adolpho Zeche 
517 Blvd. Segui, Rosario, Argentina 

From Magdalena Anton 

During the year 1941 we have visited a great many fam- 
ilies in this district and have succeeded in bringing some 
new people to the meetings. The Lord has blessed us by 
means of these visits for by them we have beeji able to 
teach the Gospel in many homes and believe that in time 
many more will accept the message and be saved. 

It is not all easy work as some people reject us and some 
e\-en go out and work against us. We have to suffer rejec- 
tion and even insults. We ask our brethren to pray for us. 

In this mission we began work among women in Septem- 
ber but were obliged to suspend the meetings for some time 
on account of so many of the women being sick, and still 
more of the children. But in spite of this we took the Gospel 
to them in their homes. Now we are thankful that all arc 
well again and we have been able to resume our meetings 
for women. We pray that the presence of the Holy Spirit 
may be felt in these meetings during this new year. 

With regard to the meetings for youns: women we decided 
to combine them with the Christian Endeavor Society. 

The kindergarten also was closed because of the intense 
heat of the summer but we expect to open it again in March. 

Please do not forget us in >-our prayers. 

Josefina de Anton 


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BROTHER L. V. KING, pastor of the Ashland Brethren 
Church, is using the various college students to bring infor- 
mation concerning- the churches in which they hold their 
membership. The information they bring relative to history, 
background and activities is indeed interesting to the Asli- 
land congi-egation. These reports are given at the evening 

We have just returned from the evening service which 
closed the Palm Sunday obsei'vance in the Ashland Church. 
The sei-vice closed with a beautiful candle light service in 
which about one hundred and twenty-five took paft. During 
these closing moments one lad gave his heart to Christ, 
forming a fitting climax to the entire day's services. 

Let the readers of The Evangelist hear about them. Are you 
having a special Easter program? Tell us about it. Are your 
organizations busy? Let them not be too busy to report. 
Many of our readers wonder why we do not have more re- 
ports from the churches. We cannot report what wc do not 
know about. So we are sending out an S. 0. S. for more news 
from the churches. yes, we do get many of the bulletins 
from your churches, but these only contain the announce- 
ments of the plans and meetings. They do not make reports 
of the results. We can usse two full pages of The Evangelist 
each week for News from the Churches. Let's have them. 
The Brotherhood wants to hear from you. 

Gntered a* aerond nmrter at Ashland. Ohio. Acrpiited for tiialhns 

at Bppctal rate, section llOS. act of October S. Ifll7. authorized 

September 3. 1H8S, 

REV. HARLEY ZUMBAUGH, pastor of the Center 
Chapel, Indiana, Brethren Church, announces that Revival 
Services will be conducted in that church for a period of 
two weeks, beginning Sunday, April 19th. Rev. Lewis Engle 
of Warsaw, Indiana, who is pastor of the Dutchtown, Breth- 
ren Church, will be the evangelist. 

^^^^^^^^t^^^mi^^m^^^^^^^^^^m^ ^Siii mmmt^^m^^ i^i^ tains a voi'y fine back page where we find listed the various • 

gospel program broadca.sts with the station call letters and 
Q] ^J N T E N T S ^^^ ^™^ °^ ^^^ program. Brother Keck, the pastor, makes 

^ ^ suggestion that some of the broadcasts be used as a basis for j 

^^^^^^^^^^ ™"'*"^^^^^'^ ^^^^^^^^^"'^"^^^^^^^^ your daily devotions. It is a good thought and those who have | 

Interesting Items 2 opportunity should take advantage of these suggestions. Of i| 

course, you have not access to Brother Keek's bulletin, but 
Jesus King \\ . b. K y^^ ^^^ make up your own schedule from your local ])rngrari 

Taking Jesus Into Our Homes 1 liniler. He gives the possible hours of daily devotion (acrnrii- 

ing to the programs listed) of thirty-two hours per week. 
An Easter Call to the Heroic— Dr. Charles A. Bame .i How many of us give even one-tenth of that time to daily 

Brethren Doctrine as our Fathers Believed and Taught 

—Part II —Rev. L. A. Myers G 

Safe Ground— .1. F. Garber 7 ELKHART'S MONTHLY PAPER, "PAPER AND INK" 

Easter, Its Abiding Triumph-The Editor 8 [l '"'?"?; ^^"^' ^^ain. It is full of news of vital interest to 

the Elkhart congregation. This particular is.sue carries an 

Will the Church Be Ready? — Dr. L. L. Garber 10 announcement concerning the Benevolent Offering. Of es- 

. pecial interest to the Editor of the Evangelist is a cartoon 

Publication Offering H depicting the headstone at the grave of a minister. This i 

"Where is My I>ord" l.'i ^^^ epitaph thereon: "Here lies a Superannuated Minister. , 

He strengthened our faith and sympathized with us in our i 

Christian Endeavor Topic for Young People M sorrows. For us he broke the 'Bread of Lift;,' and set on'- 

Congratulations M children's feet upon the highway to heaven. He finally di(- 

of NEGLECT." Do we want that ei>itaph on the headstone^ 

Among the Churches lo of our ministers? 


The following radio address was delivered by Dean Willix 
E. Rank from station WMAN, of Mansfield, Ohio, in con- 
nection with the Holy Week Broadcast, sponsored by Ash- 
land College and Seminary. 





Inasmuch as this is Holy Week, I wish to present three 
pictures of Jesus, and in each of them to portray Him as 
King. This is done because so many people pictui'e Jesus as 
weak, anemic, and devoid of the strong qualities of manhood, 
to say nothing of kingly characteristics ; and it is also done 
to present Jesus as King against the dark background of 
tiis sufferings and death. Oh, for the gifts of an artist, that 
these three pictures might be placed on canvas to lure the 
Tiultitudes! Since those gifts are not mine, we must be con- 
«nt with feeble words. Here are the three )Mctures. 

The First Trial Scene 

This trial scene is in the judgment hall of Pilate, the Ro- 

nan governor, and it is indeed a strange scene. Jesus stands 

rial alone ringed about by a small group of soldiers and 

ijying witnesses whose testimony has been bought for a price. 

rhe main accusers are outside in the street, for they refuse to 

lefile themselves in a pagan court room so near the great 

■east day. When Pilate would speak to them, he must go out 

n a balcony and call down to them on the street, and thus 

eceive their reply. What a mockery of a trial this was, with 

alse charges invented, purchased lying witnesses, the Judge 

Roman puppet, who cared more for the applause of the 

aultitudes than for justice, and who, although he found no 

ault in Jesus, was willing to condemn him to death to ap- 

■ease the rabble. 

Notice here the kingly figure of Jesus in the midst of this 
lockery! In scorn, "Pilate said unto him, Art thou a king 
!ien? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this 
nd was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, 
lat I should bear witness to the truth." What a kingly fig- 
le ! Jesus refuses to descend to the level of their bickerings 
nd speaks only a few words. I am the Christ; thou sayest 
lat I am king; certainly I am King. Behold him as he 

ands in the majesty of his Kingship! 

The Second Trial Scene 

iThe location of this is the same as the foi-mer scene, but 
e picture has changed. Pilate is perplexed, for Jesus has 
clared that his kingdom is not of this world, else would his 
bllowers fight, but he is the king of truth. Pilate's only an- 
jver is, "What is truth?" Poor Pilate so confused in his 
jiest after truth, stands in the presence of Truth Incarnate 
id knows it not. Then too, his wife has sent word that he 
lould have nothing to do with this just man, and he sought 
release Jesus; but the multitudes clamour the louder for 
s life. Perhaps it is well to make a jest of the whole pro- 
eding. To this end the soldiers secure a purple robe, pev- 
ips one of Pilate's old royal robes and throw it over the 
eeding back of Jesus. Into his hand they thi-ust a staff, for 
king must have a scepter as a sign of his power. From a 
orn bush in the garden a soldier plucks some branches and 
lickly makes a mock crown of thorns, and roughly places 

it on his head. In mockery, they bow before him and cry, 
"Hail King, Hail King," but they belie the words with sting- 
ing blows of the hand. 

Shall we call it the irony of fate, or divine providence that 
these men spake more truth than they knew? Their words of 
scorn have become our words of praise. King, they cried in 
jest — King, we ci-y in reverence. King, they snatched at the 
word and hurled it at him, with scoffing laughter and jeering 
taunts. Poor men, so near the truth, and yet they missed the 
great vision. There he stands with the royal robe on his back, 
the crown of thorns on his head, and the scepter in his hand, 
— the eternal symbols of kingship — but all in mockery. Too 
bad they did not recognize him for what he is, Jesus — King. 

The Third Picture 

The third picture has been painted again and again by 
artist's brush and writer's pen, but it never has been nor 
perhaps never can be painted to reveal all the fulness of its 
meaning. It is a scene which holds a central place in history, 
for the world has never been quite the same since that day. 
The scene is laid on Golgotha's brow, where many a man had 
died in agony on a cross. Hence the picture here is not a mere 
picture of a cross or of crosses, it is the picture of the cru- 
cifixion of our Lord, and that is a vastly different matter. 

Since the Roman judge could find no fault in Jesus, he 
must at least appear just to the multitudes, so Jesus is cru- 
cified between two evil doers. Central in this picture must be 
the cross of Jesus, with the soldiers in the immediate fore- 
ground, the disciples, with Mary the mother of Jesus, as close 
as permitted, then beyond a vast crowd of curious folks. 
Above the cross of Jesus the inscription, "Jesus of Nazareth, 
the King of the Jews," was written in three languages. Pi- 
late intended the words as a thrust at the Jewish rulers, 
but we remember the words, Jesus — King. 

The present occasion does not permit a review of all the 
sayings of Jesus from the cross, nor all the events connected 
therewith; but a few words are essential to portray Jesus' 
kingly character. This is not a death as other men died be- 
fore him on crosses, for Jesus had already declared his in- 
tention of giving his life voluntarily. He said, "No man can 
take it from me, but I lay it down myself." And while hang- 
ing on the cross he prayed, "Father forgive them for they 
know not what they do." Yes they knew that they were cruci- 
fying a man, but they did not know who he was. Then that 
last cry from the cross, "It is finished," was not the cry of 
weakness or despair, but the cry of victory which was utter- 
ed in a loud voice. Yes, even in his death — King. 

Oiur King 

We have been taught to think of Jesus as the Great 
Teacher come from God; he is all of that and more. We 
think of him as the Good Shepherd, laying down his life for 
the sheep; he is all of that and more, much more. We think of 
him as the divine redeemer mighty to save; he is all of that, 
he is our Savior too. But do we recognize him as King, the 
King of truth, and the King of our lives? Do we realize that 
he is entitled to our cheerful obedience, loyal service and 
adoring homage? 

Here is a king who was born in a stable, cradled in a man- 
ger, and trained in despised Nazareth. In the days of his 
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Tdkinq Jesus Into 

Our Homes 

'AntI Lcri [Matllnw] him a prcnt fcaxi in liix own. hoiitic." Luke j!,:27. 

Jesus has always had a great influence over men, 
when they came into contact with Him. You re- 
member about the call of this man, Matthew, who 
afterwards wrote the story of Jesus' life. 

Matthew was engaged in his ordinary business as 
Jesus one day passed along and said to him, "Fol- 
low me." And the strange thing about it was that 
Matthew just left all and followed Him. That is the 
only way that any man can follow Him — by leaving 
all. Matthew's business wasn't one that made him 
popular. There were plenty of opportunities for 
graft in it, and perhaps he may have taken advan- 
tage of some of them. He may have been making 
money, but in his soul he wasn't satisfied. Money 
cannot buy friendship, nor the respect and goodwill 
of one's fellowmen. And when Jesus said, "Follow 
me," it was a relief to Matthew, just to have done 
with a business that made him hated and friendless. 

And then Matthew did a thing that required a 
good deal of courage — he took Jesus home with 
him. It may require courage to take Jesus into your 
business with you, and to introduce Him to your 
friends and associates there. But it calls for more to 
take Him into your home with you for the first 
time, and to introduce Him to the folk there, who 
have often heard of Him, but have never really met 
Him. Imagine the modern man, who has been too 
busy getting money to give any thought to relig- 
ion, going home from his office some afternoon in 
company with Jesus, and calling the family togeth- 
er and saying, "Wife, children, T want you to meet 
Jesus. I have invited Him to come home with me to 
dinner. He visited me in my office today, and I am 
giving up my work to follow Him. We may have to 
give up this house and live in a smaller one, and get 
rid of our cars, and do with cheaper and less 
ionablc clothes. Following Him will mean that I 
.shall not make a gi-eat deal of money, for a while, 
at least. But for the first time since T was a care- 
free boy, I am really happy, and my heart is sing- 
ing with joy." 

We know nothing of the scene in Matthew's home 
on that day when he took Jesus there with him and 
declared h's decision to follow Him. nor how his 
familv reacted to the decision. Wc can imagine the 

scene in the home of the modern Matthew 
similar conditions. 


We can, also, imagine something of what the fan 
ily might say. The boys and girls are pretty we 
gi'own up. They have had little or no religiou 
training, and no acquaintance with Jesus, and the 
cannot, therefore, enter into this new experience c 
their father. Indeed the father is almost a strange 
to them. He missed his oppoi'tunity of leading hi 
children to Jesus when they were young and easil 
influenced^ and now he is I'eaping the results of h; 

I fancy that the wife and family of Matthew, tli 
publican, may have been glad for the change thf 
came into their lives. The publican was hated by tli 
Jews, and he and his family were ostracised an 
treated as dogs, and unclean. They had few friend 
Their neighbors shunned them. 

Theirs was an isolated, lonely life, full of dar 
shadows. No man lives his life unto himself. An 
the money that he makes through dishonest metV 
ods, or from an evil business, has a strange way o 
cursing and blighting all the members of his fair 
ily. Matthew's family couldn't escape the stigni 
and odium that his business of being a publica 
brought upon him, and it is safe to assume that 
bi'ighter and happier day dawned for Matthew' 
wife and family, as well as for himself, when li 
loft all to follow Jesus. 

Matthew didn't stop with taking Jesus to hi 
home and introducing Him to his wife and familv 
He went further and made a very beautiful an 
really Christian gesture toward his few friend; 
who like himself, were despised and outcast publ 
cans : he made a feast and invited them to it t 
meet Jesus. From his own experience he know thei 
great need of such a friend as Jesus. We ask ou 
friends to our homes, but how often do we ask thei 
tliere to meet Jesus? If we are Christians, in tb 
home, in the office, will add a now dimension t 

Something wo have missed, something that ai 
swers to our deepest need and yearning, if we ^ 
not know the mind of Christ. It is the pearl of gn 

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irice, to buy which we may well sell all our sects, 
ill our traditions, all our dogmas. To know Him is 
ai education in the truth that makes us free, since 
n Him abstractions are made concrete. In fellow- 
hip with Him faith becomes for the first time real- 
\ our own, and not simply a tradition. In the mys- 
eiious largeness of His Mind, our littleness of 
lind, our narrowness of sympathy, our dimness of 
ision, will be lost and forgotten, as the shadows 
lid fears of night vanish in the glory of sunrise! 
Yes. it is true; we have the Mind of Christ, the 
ne certain guide in an else uncertain world; but 
'■ have not begun to fathom its depth, much less 

to follow the long range of its vision. It is a great 
step forward, and it is slowly changing the spirit 
and temper and outlook of the Church — the discov- 
covery that in the Mind of Christ is the way, the 
truth and the life for our baffled humanity. It 
means much that we have a vision of Jesus, if as 
yet it is only the Jesus of practical service. At last, 
the clouds are lifting and we do see His earthly Life 
in all its Divine compassion and simplicity, and we 
are nobly emulous to imitate it. We cannot live life 
by imitation. We can only live it by union, by fel- 
lowship with the Life that never dies. — Extracts 
from a sermon by Rev. A. R. Reynolds. 


An Edster Call to the Heroic 

Dr. Charles A. Bame 

The call to heroism and denial i^sounds around 
he world from everywhere today. The swift re- 
ponse of our citizens, inclined to peace, is the won- 
er of our times. Our readiness to make any and 
11 sacrifices is almost beyond belief. What we have 
Iready surrendered for the victory yet far away is 
ewilderingly astonishing in its scope and reaches. 
Ve are at war and we prove it by sacrifice and pat- 
iotism. Much more will be demanded and as sure- 
• given. 

But Christians have been previously pledged to 
nothei- all-out war. It is centuries older and we dare 
ay as vitally important and urgent. It is and has 
jeen for almost twenty centuries, the war to end 
•uch catastrophies as suddenly have befallen us and 
mbraced the whole world. We may chide ourselves 
ecause, had we spent millions to convert the heath- 
n instead of hundreds, we might not be called now 
3 spend billions to destroy their power. The Christ- 
en program is to make men like Christ and then 
Key will be men of peace and good will. Our kind of 
ictory will end catastrophe and calamity, poverty 
nd murder. 

We dare not be unpatriotic to either Cause. We 
ant the American Way of Life to prevail in all the 
ations of the world. The four freedoms: of speech, 
f the press, from fear and from want must be and 
ill be possible only when victory for the Way of 
hrist is given first place and the right of way. But 
lat cannot be done immediately. Our nation is at 
ar and mighty machinery is busy grinding out the 
ecessary materials to crush vandalism, treachery, 
aganism and idolatiy among the family of nations. 

Unless we be ciiminals or paupers, we cannot es- 
ipe our full share of taxes, and all-out aid in the 
all measure of our patriotism, not forsaking con- 
tentious adherence to our Lord and Master. We 

shall not shun to do a Christian citizen's part in the 
achievement of victory for freedom, right and 
Christianity. We shall need to make denials and sac- 
rifices, and help build what is needed and pay what- 
ever it costs the nation to w-in. All this will be be- 
yond our present belief, comprehension or imagina- 
tion. Many now living will never again enjoy or ex- 
perience much that we treasured in the past as 
Americans, because we shall not live long enough. 
We lament the truth but are helpless at this date to 
change the course of histoiy. 

But Christians have something better than the 
Amei'ican Way of Life. It is the all-out Christian 
Way and I am frank to claim that it has created this 
American Way of Life. Compared to the heroism 
for which our way of life calls, all others are tame 
and docile. From Christ himself; from the first dis- 
ciples, all of whom gave the full measure of sacri- 
fice, dying in shameful, excuciating ways ; from 
martyrs in all the twenty centuries of Christian his- 
tory, resounds the call to make life less precious 
than the extension of this paramount Cause that is 
fully to encompass the w^hole world and offer salva- 
tion to every creature. This call requires the conse- 
ci-ation of all we have and are. 

Centuries before it happened, our Lord's sacrifice 
of His life was foretold — He knew well that He was 
born to die. He likewise admonished His disciples to 
lose life — live life — rather than to save it. That is 
the real call to the heroic. Peter declared that he 
would die for it and doubtless did. Tradition says 
that he asked to be crucified head downward to 
prove his fidelity and willingness to die shamefully. 
Stephen was stoned ; Paul was "already being of- 
fered" long before he felt the keen edge of Nero's 
knife, unwilling to "confer with flesh and blood." It 
is believed that a million Christians gave life before 
Christianity was centuries old. 

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Neither are Brethren unused to persecution and 
death for the sake of following their Lord and Mas- 
ter, even though others chose the easier way. It was 
not easy to re-establish the original teachings of 
the Gospel after sixteen centuries had elapsed ; but 
this did not discourage the effort. They believed in 
the absolute authority of Jesus to command and 
were too conscientious to omit any command, cost 
whatever it might to try. 

And it did cost. Most of the Brethren forsook their 
homes and their native land to become poor, despis- 
ed, mocked, ridiculed and even persecuted for the 
sake of their new-found happiness in obeying all 
their risen Lord had commanded. Crude and humble 
were most of their homes here until by frugality and 
abstemiousness, they made themselves the well-to-do 
in most neighborhoods in which they choose to live. 

Alexander Mack, organizer of the Brethren gi'oup, 
lived humbly and died poor. Johan Nass, six-foot, 
soldier-like man of God, was hung by his toe and 
thumb before he convinced the authorities of Ger- 
many that he had "another King" even the Lord ; 
and for this courage was allowed freedom to preach 
the Gospel. 

The entire history of our Brethren movement has 
been one of pioneering. From Philadelphia, where 
the first church was built early in the eighteenth 
century, even unto now the method of evangeliza- 
tion has been that of migration and colonization. 
Coming as they did, co-incident with the settlement 
of our vast plains and prairies, it has proved suc- 
cessful until we have the proverb : "Wherever we 
find a rich valley, there we find the Brethren." Any 
traveler will discover the truthfulness of this state- 
ment. The only exception is in the South where slav- 
eiy kept them out. The slavery of humans was too 
much for the Brethren to swallow. It cost heavily in 
missions, but the price was paid. 

Now, such methods of evangelism will no longer 
suffice. Moreover, there is a better way — the Way 
of Gospel giving. It is the method our people will 
use at Eastertide. Need we ask of what sort? Will 
it show increased or diminished valor? 

South America is in a new mood toward our coun- 
try, we are told by many travelers and reporters. 
Most welcome are all efforts to cultivate friendli- 
ness with the people whose seasons are the reverse 
of ours and where there remains much ignorance 
of the true Way of Life and unwarranted prejudice 
against our United States of America. WTiat better 
than the Gospel can we give to offset such prejudice 
and misconception? Anything Christians can do to 
change conditions from jealousies and prejudices 
will be more than endorsed by our government and 
no other method will go so far to eliminate them as 
the Cliristian Way. How fortunate are we as we con- 
template trying to help our missions and our coun- 

try, while at the same time we are going toward 
victory, both for our country and our God. 

By the heroism of our Lord and Master ; by the 
sacrifice made by the Brethren who colonized and 
pioneered ; by the spirit of the day in which we live 
— we are called at this Eastertide to dare and do as 
they have done. Under the banner of the best of all 
nations and that of the King of the Kingdom of Hea- 
ven, we shall not fail. 

0—0 — 

Brethren Doctrines as 

the Fathers 
Believed and Taught 

Rev. L. A. Myers 

(Continued from last week) 
Fallen man's second step is to conceive of the significance 
of the Atonement as it cleanses his heart and redeems his 
soul. When regeneration is completed he has entered into a 
covenant with his Lord to apply the life he gives to every- 
day living and service. Jesus gives eternal life on the condi- 
tion that we accept Him with all that such acceptance im- 
plies. Thus the covenant takes the sinner into fellowship 
through union with Christ. Jesus' blood is the blood of the 
New Covenant and is the Father's seal of acceptance of this 
redeemed sinner, saved by mercy and grace. Jesus, there- 
fore, institutes the Memorial Atonement of His work, re- 
plenishing and keeping alive the fact of His saving grace 
on the cross. It symbolizes the life and body of Christ in its 
sacrificial aspect. In this symbolism, union with Christ is 
typified, pointing forward to His personal communion and 
fellowship in His Kingdom. 

He also institutes the Lord's Supper in connection with 
the emblems that represent His atoning work. This was a 
memorial of the love of Christ. "Having loved His own 
which were in the world, he loved them unto the end." Thus 
He gave His disciples a new commandment, "That ye love 
one another even as I have loved you." (John 13:34) This 
feast was also a symbol of the love which should character- 
ize the followers of Jesus. As he instituted it he said, "By 
this shall all men know that ye are my disciples." He also 
j)rayed that the love wherewith thou lovest me may be in 
them and I in them." He meant this feast to typify the com- 
ing marriage supper of the Lamb. "I will not drink hence- 
forth of the fruit of the vine until I drink it anew in the I 
Kingdom of God." 

This service was thi*ee-fold in its makeup. The service of 
Feetwashing was instituted by our Lord in connection with 
the Lord's Supper, as a memorial of His pure and loving 
ministry. He said, when He had given them an example of 
service, "Know ye what I have done unto you? Ye call me 
Master and Lord : and ye say well ; for so I am. If I then, 
your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought 
to wash one another's feet." To the disciples it was a sym- 
bol of spiritual cleansing; first, preparatory to the commun- 
ion, and second, for the daily life of the believer. Baptism 
represents the washing of regeneration, but feet-washing is 
a sign of repentance and cleansing from sin committed af- 
ter conversion. It is a public pledge to Jesus in holy and lov 
ing service. 

In the early church the first opposition recorded against 
feet-washing as an ordinance is a canon of the Council of ' 
Elvira, A. D. 307, which forbade its practice. This was be 

April 4, 1942 

cause abuses had crept in and destroyed its spiritual value. 
But in spite of the decision of this Council, the church con- 
tinued in places to observe the rite until a iatei' Council at 
Toledo, 694 A. D., made it essential to communion. 

Augustine, in a letter to Januarius, says as to feetwash- 
ing, that since the Lord recommended it because of the ex- 
ample of humility, which He came to teach, as he himself af- 
terward explained, the question has arisen as to what time 
it is best by literal perfonnance of this work to give in- 
struction in the important duty it illustrates and this time 
(which was Lent) was suggested in order that the lesson 
taught might make a deeper and more serious impression. 

Athanasius, 296 A. D., advises "that the bishops shall eat 
often with the priests in the church that they may see their 
behavior; whether they do eat in quietness and in fear of 
God; and he shall stand there and serve them, and if they 
be weak he shall wash their feet with his own hands, and 
if he be not able to do this he shall cause the Arch Priest, 
or him that is after him, to wash their feet. Suffer not the 
commandant of the Savior to depart from you, because for 
all these things shall be answerable, that they may likewise 
see the holiness of the Savior in you." This sei-vice apparent- 
ly held the same place in the communion service as now. 

George Park Fisher, professor of Ecclesiastical History 
in Yale University, in his "History of Christian Doctrine," 
says, "The Lord's Supper as we infer from the passages be- 
ing on the subject in Ignatius, was still connected with the 
Love Feast as it was in the days of the Apostles." If it had 
been dissevered when Pliny wrote his letter to Trajan, the 
separation may, perhaps, have been a local usage, which it 
may be, was adopted in consequence of the rigid )jolicy 
introduced by the emperor." (p 47) 

Allen, in his book, "Christian Institutions," says, "The 
Lord's Supper was at first originally related to an institu- 
tion known as the Love-Feast. A certain obscurity still hangs 
about the Love Feast, but the main point is clear — that the 
Eucharist was associated, and in some places, indentified 
with the Lord's Supper. The first step in the transformation 
of the Lord's Supper was its separation from the evening 
to the morning. This was a change accomplished by the 
time of Justin Martyr, or about the middle of the second 

In Ignatius' "Epistle", the Eucharist is identified with the 
Love Feast, "Let that be deemed proper Eucharist which is 
administered by the Bishop or by one to whom it has been 

The first intimation of the Lord's Supper as a rite dis- 
tinct from the Love Feast is contained in the Apology of 
Justin Martyr about the middle of the second century. This 
same author says, "The Love Feast possesses a special im- 
ortance, because it is the commentary on the Lord's Supper, 
ontemporaneous Vidth its institution. It tells us how the 
arly generations of Christians believed and interpreted the 
iWord, 'This is my body. This do in remembrance of me.' In 
|the evening meal at the close of the day, the first disciples 
jmet together, praying over the bread and cup, eating and 
prinking in remembrance of their Master. As he had eaten 
che food which the earth sujiplies for human sustenance, in 
pe spirit of consecration to the will of his Father, so his 
iisciples had at their command, the same food which nour- 
shed the body of Christ." The Early Church, as it looked up- 
)n the Scriptural symbols of the New Testament recognized 
he thi-ee-fold service of the communion, as given by John. 
The comparison of the present-day teaching with that of the 
■"athers, shows that men may change their minds, but the 
Vord of God changeth not. 

( To be Continued) 

Safe Ground 


A Childs Reasoning on Baptism 

J. F. Garber 

The following article (which, by the way, will be available 
shortly in tract form at a nominal price) was brought to us 
by Rev. J. G. Dodds, member of the Publication Board and 
of the Prudential Committee. Brother Dodds wrote to the 
author of the article and received answer which is quoted in 
part from the letter. 

"Dear Brother Dodds: The letter addressed to my husband 
(the late Mr. J. F. Garber) recently came into my possess- 
ion. First of all permit me to say that my husband depart- 
ed to be with his Master on December 22, 1940. The family 
appreciate your words of praise for the tract, 'Safe Ground', 
written by Mr. Garber and we shall be pleased to give you 
permission to make reprint of same. May God bless the fur- 
ther service of the little tract 'Safe Ground Baptism' for I 
know nothing would please my husband more. Yours respect- 
fully, Mrs. J. F. Garber." 

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon; Mr. Jones and fam- 
ily had returned from church; dinner was over, and now 
father and mother Jones were seated on the porch in their 
easy chaii:s while their three children, Willie, Jessie and Cal- 
vin were busy talking of what they had heard at church 
that day. 

"Willie," said Jessie, "I just don't believe that we need 
to be baptized. I think that if we believe in Jesus that is 
enough." "But Jessie," said Willie, "Jesus told us to be bap- 
tized and if we love him we must do as he says. He said, 'If 
ye love me keep my commandments.' " 

"Let us ask papa and mama about it," said Jessie. "You 
may ask them about that" replied Willie, "but I am going to 
ask them how to be baptized." 

The children went to their parents and Willie began, 
"Mama I have been thinking that I want to be baptized 
and want to ask you about it. How ought I to be baptized?" 

"I don't know" said Mrs. Jones, "I was immersed, but 
your papa was sprinkled and I do not want to condemn his 
baptism. I guess you will have to read the Bible and choose 
for yourself." Mr. Jones had listened and was interested. He 
was an honest man and did not wish to mislead the children 
but he had never given the subject much study. The mother's 
remark gave him an idea. "Willie," he said, "please get me 
the Bible, won't you? I will help you find out just what it 
does say about baptism." 

On receiving the book Mr. Jones said, "Now children, ask 
what you wish and we will let the Bible answer." Jessie 
turned her bright eyes to her papa and said, "Papa must we 
be baptized?" 

Mr. Jones by using the concordance found and read the 
following passages: Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is 
baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be 
damned. Matt. 28:19 "Go ye therefore and make disciples of 
all the nations, baptizing them into the name of Father, 
and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." 

Acts 2:38. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be 
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the 
remission of your sins and ye shall receive the gift of the 
Holy Ghost." 

{Continued on page 12) 

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Edster, It's Abiding Tri 

Rev. James P. Gable once said, "Last evening I 
watched the beautiful summer sun sink down be- 
hind banks of golden fleece in the western sky and 
I did not wonder where it went. While I have nev- 
er been in the far west, 1 know that certain lands 
are there. Others have told me. And I know that as 
the sun has gone, it is but for a short period. Dark- 
ness may enshroud the world about me, but I am 
not dismayed, for, piercing through the night comes 
that gleam of knowledge — the dawn will come and 
the sun will rise again. 

"There is another land I look to in the sunset of 
life. I have never seen it, but it is a land of more 
abiding reality than any of these far-off lands be- 
yond my horizon. This land beyond the sunset — this 
land of immortality, this blessed country of the soul, 
is the one thing I know with a certain and unshak- 
able knowledge. I may not always be certain about 
the things of this world, but the other world — it is 
always cleai- to me. 

"Death is not the end — it is rather a new begin- 
ning. Death is not the Master of the house, but only 
a porter who opens to the godly life, the gate of the 
King's palace. Life is not a land-locked lake with 
three scoi-e years and ten as the boundaries. Life is 
but an arm of the sea and there in the West begins 
the vast and infinite waters of eternity." 

In the dawn of Easter morn, when all has seemed 
so dark and uncertain following the crucifixion, 
there comes the assurance of the brightening of the 
new day and the immortality beyond the grave and 
it softens our heartache and takes away our sor- 
row. And sui'ely the words of the Christ come to us, 
"I came that ye might have life and have it in 
greater abundance." And we face the sunset of life 
with anticipation and joy. It is the abiding triumph 
of Easter. 

"The women sought the tomb at dawn of day. 
And as they went they wept and made their moan: 

'His sepulchre is guarded by a stone, 
And who for us shall roll the stone away?' 

But lo! — an angel, robed in white array. 
Had rent the rock and sat thereon alone. 

'Fear not," said he; 'the Lord hath overthrown 
The power of Death : I show you where He lay.' 

We echo oftentimes that cry of old : 

Huge stumbling blocks confront us whilst we 

And wonder, weeping, who will help afford: 
But as we question sorrowing, behold ! 
The stone is rolled away, though it is great, 

And on it sits the Angel of the Lord." 

It is Easter that gives that final seal of God tc 
the value of the human soul. It is not as if we wert 
on a crude made raft, floating down the restless 
river of life, going we know not where. But rathei 
we are housed aboard a regal ship, designed by th< 
Master Designer, the hands of whose Son are upor 
the wheel which obeys His every command, and we 
sail on a sea, charted to avoid every danger unti 
at last we arrive in the harbor, made safe by th( 
King of kings and the Lord of lords. 

Easter is not merely a day. It is a symbol. 

Thomas Cooper once said, "If the resurrection o: 
Jesus Christ from the dead be a veritable historica 
fact, it is the most commanding fact in the chron 
ology of the world. If the resurrection of Jesu! 
Christ from the dead be a true substantial historica 
fact, it is of more importance to you and me and ev 
ery child of man than any event that ever occurrec 
since the world began. The coronations of kings anc 
emperors — the glittering pageants of princes — thi 
grand pontifical high masses performed by niitret 
prelates, in lofty cathedrals, amid the pealing of Ti 
Deums, to celebrate the victories of conquerors— 
the long processional pomps, in gold and jewels, o 
royal and imperial and ecclesiastical dignitaries- 
all the spectacles of magnificence and gorgeousnes 
and grandeur which could possibly be displayed be 
foie our eyes would be worth no more than the giew 

April 4, 1942 

By the Editor 

that they might have hfe, and have it in greater abundance. 

gaws of children compared with the verification of 
the historical fact that Jesus of Nazareth rose again 
from the dead. No historical fact can equal this, in 
value, for us, for us : no revelation of discovery, 
ancient or modern, can compare with it in v&i\\ im- 

There are three gi-eat abiding thoughts that come 
to us as we approach the Easter season. Three 
ti-uths that are bound up in ten words, only one of 
which has more than one syllable. May we meditate 
on them for a moment. 

"Fear ye not." That is the message of the an- 
gel. A message fi-om the lips of one straight from 
the throne of God. There is assurance in that word. 
He knows, for he has helped to roll away the stone. 
He came to face the women with a knowledge born 
of experience. And he can truly say, "Fear not ye." 
Those who believe have no cause to fear. It is only 
those who doubt. 

And what the ang«l said to those women that day, 
the Word of God is saying to us today. We have ev- 
en less cause to fear than they. We stand beyond 
both the resui-i-ection and the ascension. 

The second abiding thought is found in the words, 
"Go quickly and tell." Tell what? That He is risen 
as He said. "Come," says the angel, "See this tomb. 
He is not here. HE IS RISEN. 

Rev. Dell says, in speaking of this thought, "When 

^Christ was born the angel who appeared to the shep- 

'herds said, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good 

liding of great joy.' Now, when Christ has fulfill- 

'd His purpose in coming to earth, again an angel 

I' ' 

appears with the words, 'Fear not;' and the women 
who hear the message find in their hearts the 'great 
joy' of which the first angel spoke, and we find the 
record saying, 'They departed quickly from the sep- 
ulchre . . . with great joy.' Great joy must 
be shared. So the women ran to bring the disciples 
word." They found their feet would not carry them 
as fast as they desii^d to go. They have seen an 
EMPTY TOMB ! The Easter joy has taken posses- 
sion of their hearts. They want to "go quickly and 
tell." We need remembei' that "Great Joy" and "Go 
Quickly" belong together. 

The speed of the message is just as important to- 
day as it was in the day these women received that 
message before the empty tomb. When the truth of 
that message entered the hearts of the disciples they 
were ready to go to the ends of the earth to carry 
the message of a crucified and risen Savior. John 
preached it; Peter preached it ; Paul preached it. 
The same joy in our hearts that possessed these ear- 
ly disciples should move us to go quickly and tell the 
whole world the message of the first Easter morn- 
ing. It is one of its enduring triumphs. 

But there is yet the third abiding thought — "Ye 
shall see Him." With us faith takes the place of 
sight as yet. But there shall come a time when we 
"shall see Him as He is." To the early disciples the 
promise was quickly fulfilled. They saw Him soon. 
They touched Him ; they ate with Him ; they fellow- 
shipped with Him; they learned of Him. They knew 
He was alive — not for a moment, but forever more. 

We have the same promise: Ye shall see him. "Let 
not your heart be troubled ... In my Father's 
house . . . many mansions ... I go to 
prepare a place for you." 

The resurrection set men's hearts burning. The 
flame cannot be extinguished. In the burning heai-t 
lies the great secret of Christian progress. G. H. 
Morrison says, "Mohammed conquered — but with 
the sword. Buddha lulled men to dreams of infinite 
quietude. But Jesus conquers — by the burning 

It is the immediate contact not witli a dead Jesus, 
but with a living Christ Jesus that makes hearts 
burn. Makes men "Fear not . . Go and tell . 
. . and see Him." 

That is the Abiding Triumph of Easter. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

Will the Church Be Ready 
Dr. L. L Gdrber 

The splendid timely article in a recent Evangelist, 
under the heading, "Will the Church Be Ready?" was 
the initial instigator of this one. 

Will the Church be ready to meet the challenging 
crisis-problems of the emerging New Day at the end 
of the war? Yes; and No. In part — Yes; in part, No, 
I fear. 

The happy meeting and successful solution of a 
challenging crisis always involves two things : First, 
the right emotional attitude of moving desire to 
meet and solve the situation correctly; and, second, 
the information and intelligent understanding of the 
essential facts, principles and philosophies involved in 
the situation. 

The Church has, in the main, the correct emotional 
attitude: humane sympathies and the Will to Peace. 
These are matters of primary and immense import- 
ance. These will commend the Church to the return- 
ing, disillusioned and sophisticated soldiers and to 
good and reasonable men everywhere. 

As to the second element of "being ready", the 
Church is less happily conditioned. She is hindered, 
bogged down and cursed with a body of wind-sown 
opinion. Medieval heresies, childish ti-adition and 
false philosophy which prevent the effective appli- 
cation and employment of its heaven-born desires 
in the solution of the great crisis-problems that now 
confront us. Thus mentally hedged in, the Church 
cannot assume the leadership nor command itself 
either to the returning soldiers nor to the intelligent 
citizenship of the emerging and impending to- 

To be specific. 1. Some of us are Medieval Monks. 
To us, the good life consists of withdrawing from the 
"maddening crowd" and sequestering ourselves from 
the active life, sitting on the side lines, with folded 
hands, "letting the world go by," isolation like, while 
others fight the social the political, the military bat- 
tles of civilization. To the question in the following 
stanza of an old hymn, our conduct, at least, gives an 
affirmative answer: 

Must I be carried to the skies 

On flowery beds of ease. 
While others fight to win the prize. 

And sail through bloody seas? 

2. Not a few of us are Mohammedan-minded. We 
l>elieve the course of history and of human individ- 
uals has been set and prearranged down to the minu- 
test detail by an inscrutable Providence of a kindly, 
perhaps adverse Fate. Therefore, why worry? Why 
attempt to stop plagues, pestilence or end poverty or 

war? To be sure, we are not quite consistent. We 
take medicines, flee floods, lock doors, hang criminals 
and lambaste legislators for not enacting wiser leg- 

3. Many of us are all-out Defeatists. The world is 
so strange a mix-up of good and evil; so conglomer- 
ate a hodge-podge of this, that and the other, that 
we throw up our hands in inept and impotent dis- 
pair, and say, "It is not my business to reform the 
world. If wars are to be stopped, God will have to do 
it." At the same time, most Defeatists are beautiful- 
ly sure that civilization is hopelessly retrograding, 
degenerating, cracking up, as pessimistic Grandad 
was wont to aver: 

"My grandad, viewing earth's wom cogs. 
Said things are going to the dogs. 
His grandad in his house of logs, 
Said things are going to the dogs. 
His grandad in his old skin togs, 
Said things are going to the dogs. 
Thei'e's one thing here you have to state. 
The dogs have had a good long wait." 

4. A still larger group of Christian people are not 
"ready" wisely to meet post-war problems and "com- 
mend themselves" and the Church to intelligent 
critical judgment, because of an inadequate and dis- 
torted understanding of Human Nature. In season 
and out of season, we quote false and harmful shib- 
boleths, "It is contrary to human nature," or "You 
cannot change human nature," as though human 
nature were a sort of "Old Man of the Sea" who con- 
tinually bedevils us and hinders wise and creative 
activity. Instead of discouraging, hindering, shack- 
ling, frustrating, defeating false view, we should get 
once for all, the freeing truth that so far as feeling, 
thinking and moral conduct are concerned, Human 
Nature, not dog nature, not frog nature, nor bug 
nature, is a wise and beneficent friend, wonderfully 
flexible, marvelously responsive to education, easily 
trained into lovable missionaries, sacrificing minis- 
ters, considerable statesmen — men and women of 
large vision, noble and mighty purpose, untiring and 
masterful builders toward the new and better day of 
juster, saner, more Christian social and international 

Wlien the Church gets such a vision and adopts 
a harmonious method, it is prepared to meet with 
confidence and with approbation, the greatest crisis 
.•md opportunity it has ever faced. Three centuries 
ago, a great German Philosopher wrote this: "Give 
me for a few years the control of public education, 
and I will undertake to transform the world." His 
assumption has been proved in thousands of minor 
instances. But is remained for Hitler to demonstrate, 
on a grand scale, its truth beyond the cavil of a 
doubt, transforming a nation, by a thoroughgoing, 
all-out education program. What vast, unprecedented, 
magnificiant changes we might achieve by adopting 

AprU 4, 1942 


the Hitler all-out, thoroughgoing method, so far as 
the method is consistent with justice, mercy and re- 
ligion ! » 

Never before in the tide of times has the world 
been so flexible, so volatile, so possible of swift ti'ans- 
formation into new and higher types of feeling and 
conduct. Never before were facilities and conditions 
and instrumentalities for banishing the Demon War 
from the earth, by world-wide governmental organ- 
ization, so promising, so powerful, so propitious. 
Never before have the leaders of the allied nations 
been so enthusiastically committed to a friendly and 
benificent use of all the lesources of the earth, of all 
the accumulated and accumulating scientific knowl- 
edge and industrial equipment, of all the transcen- 
dent riches of education, religion and culture, as now. 
Will the Church rise to the occasion and inspire, em- 
];ower and direct ? 

"Love took up the Harp of Life, 

And smote on all the chords with might ; 

Smote the chord of self, which trembling, 

Past in music out of sight." 

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(Continued fram jxu/e -J) 

flesh, he displayed no insignia of royalty, his form was low- 
ly and his garb humble; but he was every inch a king, and 
men recognized his dignity and majesty. He mingled fieely 
with other men, yet he stood alone without a peer, incompar- 
able, conspicuous for his grace and beauty. 

Napoleon once said, "Everything in Christ astonishes me. 
His spirit overawes me and his will confounds me. He is tiu- 
ly a king by himself. Alexander, Ceasar, Charlemagne ami 
myself founded empires, but upon what did we lest the cre- 
ations of our g'enius? Upon force, .lesuis Christ and he alone, 
founded an empire of love, and at this hour millions of men 
will die for him." What a testimony from the mighty French 

When Charlemagne died his admirers set him up in his 
grave with a crown on his head, a scepter in his lifeless hand, 
but that was useless for he was dead and could no longer 
rule. But of Jesus we can say with the poet: 

"He shall reign from pole to pole 

With illimitable sway; 
He shall reign when like a scroll, 
Yonder heavens have passed away." 
Let us renew our vows of consecration; let us take the 
oath of allegiance to Jesus our King. 

All hail the power of Jesus' name, 

Let the angels prostrate fall. 
Bring forth the royal diadem 
And crown Him Lord of all. 


(Continued from piujc 7) 

John 3:5 "Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be 
born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of God." 

"Now Jessie," said Mr. Jones, "what do you think?" 

"That sounds," replied Jessie, "as if we ought to be bap- 
tized. I don't see any other way now." 

"Well what next?" said Mr. Jones. 

The three children spoke at once but Willie got his ques- 
tion in first. 

"Papa, when should we be baptized?" 

Being familiar with Acts 22:16, Mr. Jones turned to it at 
once, and read: "And now why taniest thou? Arise and be 
baptized and wash away thy sins calling on the name of the 

Looking farther he found Acts 1(;:32, 31! "And they spoke 
unto him the words of the Lord and to all that were in the 
house and he took them the same hour of the night and wash- 
ed their stripes and was baptized, he and all his straight- 
way." The next reference was Acts 2:4 "Then they that glad- 
ly received his word were baptized and the same day there 
were added unto them about three thousand souls." 

"Oh, pai)a," said Willie, as Mr. Jones was beginning to 
read Acts 8:36, "That is enough. Anybody can see from that 
that we are not to wait six months, but be baptized at once, 
— even the same hour of the night." 

"But papa, what we want to know most is. How to be ba|i- 
tized." Mr. Jones hesitated. This very question had given him 
uneasiness more than once. But he had begun now to let the 
Bible answer the questions and he therefore continued the 
search. Finally he found Mark 1:9, 10; "And it came to pass 
in these days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and 
was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up 

out of the water, he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit of 
God descending upon him." Following the cross references 
he found Matt. 3:15, 16 and then Acts 8, and began reading 
at the thirty-sixth verse, "And as they went on their way, 
they came to a certain water; and the eunuch said. See here 
is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip 
said. If thou believest with all thy heart thou mayest. And 
he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son 
of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still; anil 
they went down both into the water, both Philip and the 
eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they come up out of 
the water the Spirit caught away Philip that the eunuch 
saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing." 

Mr. Jones, with a smothered sigh, turned to his concord- 
ance to find a passage which might teach sprinkling. In do- 
ing so he came to Rom. 6:4, 5, "Therefore we are buried 
with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was 
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so 
we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been 
planted together in the likeness of his death we shall be also 
in the likeness of his resurrection." 

By this lime the children were getting excited over the 
reading and Mr. Jones saw that they were anxious to say 
something. "Philip baptized him and they both came up out 
of the water, and now you read about being buried in bap- 
tism. Does not that mean covered up just as planted togeth- 
er in the likeness of his death? The minister said today that 
baptism is a symbol of purification and that one drop was as 
good as a whole pool. But papa if a few drops would be 
enough why did Jesus go down into the water? And why did 
Philip and the eunuch both need to go clear into the water 
and get wet? I do not see how we can be buried with a few 
drops of water. 1 want to follow Jesus' example and be im- 

All were silent for a moment, then Willie began again; 
"Papa, will you please read that last verse again?" Mr. Jones 
read, "For if we have been planted togethei' in the likeness 
of his death we shall also be in the likeness of his resurrec- 

"In the likeness of his death" repeated Willie. "Papa how 
was that?" Mr. Jones found the account of Jesus' death in 
John 19:30 and read "When Jesus, therefore had received 
the vinegar he said. It is finished; and he bowed his head and 
gave up his spirit." 

"If we are planted in the likeness of his death we will have 
to bow foi-ward in baptism instead of backward won't we?" 
said Willie. 

"I never thought of that" said Mr. Jones, "but I have 
lieard of people who do baptize IVjrward, and three times at 
that, and they say it is in the commission. Let us look at 
that again." He turned again to Matt. 28:19 and read, "Baj)- 
tizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and 
of the Holy Ghost." "Where are there three dips in that?" he 

"I see" said Willie, "there are three names or else we 
would not know how to i-efer to one instead of the other. But 
if there are three names there must be three dips because, i 
liow could you dip into all three with one dip? When Mr. 
Caldwell baptized Mrs. Smith last Sunday he said "1 baptize i 
you in the name of the Father" but he didn't do anything,! 
then when he said 'and of the Son' but he didn't do anything, I 
but when he said 'and of the Holy Ghost,' then he gave her 
a dip. "It seems to mo Papa," said Willie "it is jilain enough j 
to me now. Jesus was baptized in Jordan and the eunui^< 
went down into the water and that he baptized her only ih* 
the name of the Holy Ghost because the first two times hei 
did not do as he said he was doing." 

April 4, 1942 


Mrs. Jones, who had been listening to the first part of the 
conversation with an air of satisfaction, because she herself 
had been immersed, now became somewhat agitated at this 

"Willie," she said, "do you think that if Mrs. Smith hon- 
estly thinks that one dip is enough that it will be all right?" 

"It may be that it will, mama, but if it is not it will be 
too late to remedy it when we find it out by and by. I would 
rather be sure I am right now." 

"I would too," said Jessie who had been silent since her 
fii-st argument. "But how about joining church?" she con- 
tinued. "Can a person who has been sprinkled ioin any 

"No, child," replied the father, "there are many churches 
which do not allow sprinkling." 

"How about single immersion?" she asked. 

"The same is true of that." 

"Then how about baptism by dipping three times for- 

"I do not know of any churches," said Mr. Jones, "which 
do not accept that as valid baptism. They all agi-ee that that 
is all right." 

"Then that is the baptism for me," said Willie, "I want to 
be on safe gi'ound." 

"I feel that way too" said Mrs. Jones "but there is another 
question with me. I have been immersed. Would it be all 
right for me to be rebaptized?" 

There was another period of silence, Mr. Jones himself 
was lost in thought. Suddenly Willie cried, "Let us let the 
Bible answer again. Papa can you find any place where any 
one who was not baptized right was baptized over again?" 

"We'll see" said Mr. Jones. 

He searched again and finally found the account of the 
twelve men of Acts 19 who had not been baptized right and 
whom Paul after instructing them rebaptized. 

"Doesn't that answer it?" said Willie. "These men wcic 
honest in their belief yet when they found they were wrong 
they were willing to be rebaptized. Well I am going to try 
to be right because the promise is to them who are right in 
the end." 

A few weeks later Mr. and Mrs. Jones and the boy were 
seen going down into the water to be baptized "into the name 
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." They 
had decided to leave nothing undone that would help to place 
them on a sure foundation. The simple study of the Word 
had given light enough. Simple, childlike faith and willing- 
ness to obey God's will is sufficient to lead us to know His 
will. Dear reader, let us exercise that same faith and obedi- 









Where is my Lord today ? 

I cannot see his form — 
I need Him as I walk the way 

To keep my courage warm. 

I cannot see Him — is He there? 

I need His smihng face, 
To help me bear my daily care 

And lift me by His grace. 

I cannot touch Him — hold His hand, 

Entrust my life to Him — 
Feel gentle touch — encircling band — 

The pathway seems so dim. 

But though I cannot touch or see, 
His voice comes loud and clear; 

He, who was dead ; hung on the tree. 
Now lives to banish fear. 

Where is He now — from whence His voice 
He stands beside tiie Father's throne. 

To plead my cause. I now rejoice 
And take Him for mv own. 






The Lily of the Valley 

He hung there bleeding, dying — 
The "Lily" on the cross. 
He heard the sinner crying, 
Considered not the cost. 

Forgiveness, sweet compassion, 
That shone upon his face. 
Could alter not the fashion 
Of his crucifixion grace. 

He's "The Lily of the Valley" still, 
"The Bright and Morning Star." 
He gladly did the Father's will, 
And set the gates ajar. 


The Brethren Evangelist 

C. E. Topic for Young People 

W. St Claire Benshoff 

Topic Editor 

Topic for April12, 1942 

Scripture Lesson: Matt. 16:13-19; 21:42 
For the Leader 

Tonight we begin a series of three topics on the origin and 
the life of the Christian Church. Certainly as being part of 
this Church ourselves, we should be interested in its origin 
and operation. 

There is much by way of distinction which should be men- 
tioned. The Church is not the organizations called denomina- 
tions, or local churches, but is that body of true Christian 
believers in Christ from every land, city or country. These 
faithful ones compose the true group of followei"s of Christ 
and are known as the Bride of Christ. Christ knows those 
people who belong to Him and He makes a distinction be- 
tween them and people who profess Church membership, but 
not Christ. Various denominations and churches are a pro- 
duct of man's work, and are not referred to when Christ 
speaks of His Church. 

Denominations and sects will some day pass away and 
those of different groups who have been true believers in 
Christ will assemble with Christ to become His bride. It is 
this true group which we mean when we speak of the Church 
of Christ. 


ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH. Peter was not the founder 
of the Church as many people commonly believe. It was the 
faith of Christ, expressed by Peter, which is the foundation 
of the Church. Peter has just mentioned to His Lord the 
gi-eat confession that "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the 
living God." Christ then states that on this foundation of 
faith, the Church of Christian believei"s will be built. 

The Church resides here on earth in the visible form of 
bodies of believers. The establishment took place at Pente- 
cost at the time of the coming of the Spirit of God. Since 
that time, thousands have declared Christ to be the Son of 
the li\ang God and have become a part of that Church. 

We are banded together in Chuich groups for the purpose 
of worship and preaching the Gosiiel. And this is as it should 
be. Technically, only those who are true Christian believers 
should belong to a Church. Rut inroads of insincerity, false 
teachings, together with other things, have permitted many 
to belong to a Church who are not true believers in Christ. 

As the Church originated in the hearts of believers, so to- 
day we should make the Church stronger by being definitely 
consecrated to Christ. In giving us the Church. Christ has 
given us a medium of organization and fellowship. Let iis 
consider this a great blessing and be thankful for it. 

THE CHURCH IMMORTAL. Again we are referring to 
the Church as the Bride of Christ. Those who compose it are 
Christians who have been redeemed and are ass\ired of eter- 
nal life through Christ. These are membei" of Church organ- 
izations on earth. 

The different denominations and local churches may fail 
or become teachers of modernism, bloodless gospels, etc. Nev- 

ertheless, as long as this dispensation continues, the true 
Church will continue to exist and work. We should not be 
discouraged if reports come to us that the church does not 
have the influence it used to have. Church organizations 
might lose their power, but the true Church will increase in 

How immortal the true Church is is mentioned when 
Christ tells that even the gates of Hell cannot prevail 
against it. Thus the true Church of Christ is triumphant 
and eternal, rising above all the devices of Satan which he 
burls against it, because the foundation of the Church is the 
Rock, Christ Jesus. 

THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, Christ, the stone reject- 
ed by the bulidei-s, has become the chief cornerstone, or the 
Head of the Church. His is the power behind the Church. 
Through the workers in the Church, Christ is furthering 
His gospel of saving grace amongst men. Those local 
Churches are blessed which preach the Gospel, for they are 
doing the work of the Head, even Christ. 

If we want to be useful in the Church we should be faith- 
ful to its teachings. Christ founded the Church and in spite 
of opposition, it will succeed. Our support or non-support of 
the Church does not deternrine its success of failure as an 
Eternal Masterpiece, but think how much more successful 
our particular unit can be if we give to it our full hearted 
support. Christ is the head of the Church. For He gave His 
life. The least we can do is to devote our life in service to it. 

INGRAHAM— LARSEN. On the evening of June 14, 1941, 
in the presence of their friends and loved ones, I joined in 
marriage Virgil M. Ingraham and Alice N. Larsen, both of 
Manteca, California, and both members of the Manteca 
Brethren Church. The church was filled with their friends 
who came to wish them well in this new relationship. 

Virgil is the son of Sam and Goldie Ingi-aham and Alice 
the daughter of Chi-is and Anna Larsen. Virgil is the assist- 
ant to the pastor by vote of the chui-ch. He is also licensed to 
preach and has proven his sei-vice on many occasions. He is 
one nf our Bible School teachers, and both are active in the 
Brethren Berean Band, Virgil having been president and Al- 
ice secretary. 

The prayers of a large following of friends go with them. 

J. Wesley Piatt, Pastor 

MATHEWS— FISHBACK. In the First Brethren Church 
at Manteca, California, on the evening of November 20, 
1941, Mr. Harold Mathews and Miss Dolma Fishback ex- 
changed their marital vows in the presence of a church full 
of i-elatives and friends. 

Both young people are members of the Manteca Brethren 
Church. Harold is the son of "Gene" and Sylvia Mathews of 
Twain-Harte, California, and Dolma is the daughter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Homer Fishback of Manteca. 

The young folks are active in the Brethren Church and in 
the Brethren Berean Band of Northern California. 

The good wishes of a large circle of friends go with these 
young people for a happy and successful Christian home 

Ceremony by their pastor, J. Wesley Piatt. 


(\pril 4, 1942 


DETLING — VARNER. On January 23, 1942, at the home 
)f the bride's brother, I joined in marriage Mr. Harold Mar- 
gin Detling and Artie Elizabeth Varner. The groom is a 
nomber of the Lathrop Brethren Church, and the bride a 
iiember of the Turlock Brethren Church. 

Both young people have been and are now active in the 
vork of the Brethren Berean Band. The groom at present is 
;he president. 

The good wishes of a host of friends in this disti'ict go 
vith these young people for a long and happy wedded life. 
\.t home— 208 Vermont Street, Turlock, California. 

J. Wesley Piatt 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 



This is the first line from my pen in this column since I 
noved to Dayton last June. Although the case of churcli 
iroperty still rests with the decision of the higher courts and 
he wisdom of our Lord, our outlook for the church is wholly 
ne of vision for the future. We cannot, any of us, hope to 
uell all the mistakes of the past any more than can any ec- 
lesiastical body. Let's look to the future. 

During the past year we have bought and paid for a beau- 
iful building site in one of the best sections of town, North 
Iain Street at Hillcrest Avenue. The plot is a sufficiently 
irge parcel of ground consisting of three portions. It was 
ppraised to be worth easily $10,000 but with the gracious 
ature of the owner, approached for a church, was purchas- 
for $6,000. 

There was an excellent brick building on the rear of the 
40' X 20' which we have remodeled at a cost of $1,400 
nd now sei-ves us as a Brethren Social Room. The building 
as a beautiful interior, newly plastered large social room 
ith two rest rooms. The women of our church made lovely 
rapes for the windows, equipped it with a stove, cupboards, 
ishes, etc. for social purposes. We now use this building 
•om four to six nights per week for all church functions, 
rties, prayer meeting, committees, choir practice, etc. It 
our church with the exception that we still hold our Sun- 
morning services in the Young Women's League Audi- 
rium down town. When our new church is completed this 
)om will be a part of the church, adjoining, with the ap- 
arance of of an annex, into the rear comer of the huild- 

Our plans are completed for the new building. We have a 
imber of bids for the contracting but to date have not se- 
3ted a contractor. When finished we will have a beautiful 
w English colonial type building patterned after the Pat- 
k Henry Church in Virginia. It will seat about 400 people 
eluding balcony, and the cost will approximate $3.5,000. 
r architect is one of our own members, and a ti'ustee of 
e church, who is an architect here in Dayton. We will tell 
u more about that later but for the time we must necessi- 
te ourselves and our energies to try to cope with priorities, 
sy contractors, and overtime employment in a great de- 
se city. May our Lord give us the faith of the Children 
Israel, and forgive us our impatiences, as we await His 
K. to go ahead. We have about $15,000 pledged on the 
ilding and have set April the 10th as a goal to have 
0,000 in cash. Now we say ".f 10,000 by the 10th". We seek 

your prayers and assistance that the Lord's work may not 
suffer when it will be needed so greatly, soon we hope, to 
leconstruct a world after war. 

Our Sunday School is slightly lower than last year at this 
time but the church service is exceeding that period by a good 
gain. It is hard to attribute all the variations of our program 
to anything more definite than to say — DEFENSE. With 
factories and offices running twenty-four hours a day and 
seven day weeks anything may happen 

Our Home Mission offering was well over $500 and we arc 
still setting a higher goal for ourselves for the Easter offer- 
ing. If many of our churches with an average of 100 or les.s 
in their Sunday Schools will try to attain this goal they will 
find it takes sacrificing and a missionary heart to reach it. 

We have three students in Ashland College. One is training 
for the ministry there. Dick Creamer is a freshman and we 
are sure he is the calibre of young man our church needs 
more of in her ministry. We pay Dick's tuition as part of 
our effort to keep A. C. supplied with desirable Brethren 
material. I advise other churches to try it, it gives you a 
closer interest in your college. 

We received our second call to the service here in the bus- 
iness meeting in. January. The call is to extend to September, 

I dare not close this letter without telling where our real 
inspiriation in the Dayton ministry lies. It is not, obviously, 
in church buildings; nor is it in an easy worryless ministi-y; 
neither is it in a big salary; but it is wholly in the great in- 
spiration of many fine Christian laymen and women. I wish 
I could name a number of them, but I dare not, who have 
been everything from inspiration to leveling factors, from 
peacemakers to those willing to "take up the sword of the 
Spirit". I have found fine men in every church that I have 
been acquainted in, but never so many in one church. They 
are willing to pray, to plan, and to sei-\'e many nights in the 
week in the face of the fact that they are largely active pro- 
fessional men and business executives, all working overtime 
for "defense" of their country, and then again for defense of 
their faith. We cannot overestimate the power they have 
been to our Lord in holding the Brethren Church and Christ- 
ian laymenship high in the esteem of many people in Dayton 
in spite of the damages done by "demonic powers that he." 
A good portion of our church is of voung married people 
which is insurance for our future. We are working and 
praying, not diffei-ent from other churches — with a usual 
number of defeats — but we pray that with our meagre ef- 
forts of planting and watering, God will continue to give the 
increase, even as He has never failed yet. 

Vernon D. Grisso 
•'i2 Marie Avenue 
Daytrin, O. 


On Tuesday evening, March 17th, we held our first meet- 
ing of the Berean Band for this year at the Denver Church. 
We had a goodly number present and the Akron, Center 
Chapel, Roann, Mexico, Corinth and Denver Churches were 

We had an inspiring devotional program in keeping with 
the Easter Season. Our short business session was spent in 
adopting a motto and definite goals toward which to work 
during 1942. The motto adopted was, Go, Grow and Glow. 

Our goals foi' the year are as follows: 

1. A home mission goal to help our mision at Lost Creek, 
Kentucky by sending the things brought to each meeting by 
the diffe!-ent churches, together with Bibles which we will 
purchase with the offering taken at the meetings. 


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2. One offering a year to be sent to Shipshewana. 

•1. Our Sunday School Goal — This is on the percentage ba- 
sis and encourages attendance of members and increase in 
membership in our own local Sunday Schools. Also attend- 
ance at Berean Band meetings is to be counted. An award is 
given for the church that has the highest percentage of in- 

We had a short recreational period and dismissed the 
meeting with singing, "God Be With You Till Wc Meet 

The next meeting will be held in July. 

Velma Bright, Acting President 


It was my happy privilege to si)end the time from March 
2 to 15 with the Brethren at this place. For months we had 
looked forward to this meeting. We had expected to find 
a people eager and ready to do the Lord's will, nor were wc 
disappointed. Farmers were busy with their early spring 
work, it was moving time for .some and many men of tho 
community work in defense plants, Imt in spite of all these 
things, plus indifference on the part of many, the attendance 
was good. 

Brother S. .J. .A.dams is the faithful and efficient pastor 
of the Pleasant Hill church. Brother Adams is ably assisted 
by his capable wife and their childien. all of whom contrib- 
ute largely to the success of the work. Here the evangelist 
had his home. In this family the Lord is honored through 
prayer and the reading of His Word, and through a deen 
consecration of the life to Christian service. A\'e feel deeply 
indebted to these kind friend.s for their hospitality. 

Preparation for this meeting was not siiontaneous. It was 
the kind of preparation which reaches back over the years 
of faithful teaching of the Word. Brother Adams has been 
pastor here for about nine years. During this time evangel- 
ism as the supreme business of the church, has been faith- 
fully taught. A special series of meetings is merely a .spec- 
ial emphasis on that which prevails throughout the yoar. 

There are three other denominations in Pleasant Hill. The 
four churches work together. They arrange their meetings 
that there is no conflict. And further, all co-operate in any 
special effort in any one church. The meeting took on the 
nature of a union effort. 

The time spent with God's people in this beautiful Oliin 
village was most pleasantly spent. We thank our heavenly 
Father for the privilege which was afforded us in this 
church and community. For the victories won, we give all the 
glory to the Ijord. The was well received b" a 
lieople to whom he was a stranger, and supported by their 
pravers in the ministry of the Word. Here we found liberty 
in the jireaching of the Word. The meetings closed with a 
full hnuse. The visiting minister was sent away with the 
prayers and best wishes of the people, a liberal offering and 
an invitation to return next year. May the Lord bless the 
Pleasant Hill church. 

W. C. Benshoff 
— Waterloo, Iowa 

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Word and 


ayer and preparation we began our revival March 
the leadership of Rev. W. C. Benshoff of our 

Iowa, Church. The attendance was all that could 
though the war work program did in a measure 
services. At our final sei-vice every available 

used to care for those who crowded the church. 
Benshoff each night set forth the truth of the 

the way of life was made plain. Everyone who at- 

tended our sei-vices if still unsaved has only himself 
blame. Our Lord's "Whosoever will may come," was set fortii 
each night and the unsaved are without excuse. 

The visible results of our meeting was 2,3 coming forward, 
18 first time confessions, .5 to reconsecrate themselves. Of 
those who came forward for the first time, all have been 
baptized and will be received into the membership of the 
church Thursday evening of Holy Week when we shall hold 
our Communion Service. 

We greatly enjoyed the presence of Brother Benshoff in 
our home and the fellowship of this opportunity was greatly 
enjoyed by the Pastor. Our thanks and the thanks of the 
church to the Waterloo Church for the release of their pas- 
tor for these services. 

Easter with its offering and other responsibilities are now 
facing us, these we shall meet with the best of our ability. 
Pray for us that God shall guide us in the way we ought to 
go, "Until He shall Come." 

Sam Adams 


On February 22nd we began our meetings in the Bryan 
church and ofi the 2.3rd Brother S. M. Whetstone came to con- 
duct them for us. For two weeks we worked hard against 
handicaps that are cxjicrienced every where these days. The 
defense plants were running day and night which kept many 
from attending the services. This coupled with the genera 
spirit of unrest and uncertainty made it doubly hard. There 
were several services that there was not an unsaved person 
in the service. The church was well represented in every ser- 
vice, but many of them could not attend regularly. Even on 
Sunday many of them had to work. But the church with 
Brother Whetstone did not give up. Together we worked 
and prayed, and the Lord heard our prayers and honored 
our .services. 

Brother A\'hetstone is a faithful yoke-fellow and together 
v,-e went from home to home and prayed and did personal 
work and he preached us mighty good sermons. We are 
grateful to the Oakville, Ind., church for releasing him for 
a couple of weeks to help us, and to Bi-o. Whetstone for 
coming and hel)iing us. We also encountered much sickness 
.Hid death during our meetings. It seemed that all the forces 
of evil were arrayed against us to keep souls froni being 
N:i\ed, but the Lord is mighty to save and can reach beyond 
all the forces of evil. We baptized eight souls and one went 
to another church, but eight were added to the Brethren 
chuich in Bryan. All adults except one boy and one girl of 
the junior age. We had baptized and received into the church 
feur adults about one month previous to the meetings. We 
i-ejoice in the fact that the Lord does hear and answer pray 
er. The church was faithful and did their part. Many of 
them did not miss one service and others came as much as 
they could under the circumstances. They are to be com 
mended for their faithfulness and loyalty. 

Our attendance for February was 0." above what it was 
one year ago and our offerings were $7.fil more than onei 
year ago, and our general average for March is 174 higherj 
than last year with one Sunday to go. It would be hard to 
find a more loyal church any where. While we have larger 
churches in our city, yet our church leads in attendance. 

The W. M. S. and the two sisterhood groups are among 
the best in the state. We just finished the study of the book 
on personal work by Dr. R. A. Tori-y. It was a very fine and 
helpful study. The pastor gave it for the Thursday evening 
prayer sei-vices, which was well attended. We praise God for 
all victories won and ask an interest in the prayers of the 
brotherhood that we may continue in His service. 

— C. A. Stewart 

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April 11, 1942 

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WE ARE EXTREMELY SORRY that through some mis- 
information we stated that Brother Studebaker was conduct- 
ing the evangelistic services at the Ardmore, Indiana, church. 
A communication from Brother A. E. Whitted, pastor of the 
Ardmore Church sets us right on this matter. Brother Whit- 
ted himself acted as evangelist, while the music was in 
charge of Rev. and Mrs. Harry E. Richer, well known among 
the Brethren Churches, especially in Indiana and Ohio. 

Brother Whitted makes this preliminary report of the 
meetings. We quote from his card : "We had a most wonder- 
ful meeting. Thirty-two decisions in all. Will receive twenty 
into the church on Easter Sunday and have a follow-up bap- 
tismal service after church in the evening." 

chased new hymn books. This is a much needed part of the 
church services and too often the purchase of new and inspir- 
ing song books is left to the last thing in the program of the 
church. How long since you have purchased new books? 

It is not often that we make mention of special books in the 
columns of The Evangelist, but we ask you to look at the note 
in this issue concerning a very recent new song book, which 
we believe will meet the needs of many churches. You may 
order them through The Brethren Publishing Company. 

Brother Clayton Berkshire, which is the publication of the 
Brethren National Christian Endeavor Society, is in the hands 
of the Editor of The Evan,gelist. It is a mighty newsy little 
six page paper, carrying news from various C. E. Societies, 
together with suggestions for furthering the cause of Chris- 
tian Endagvor throughout the Brotherhood. If you have a 
Christian Endeavor Society that is up and doing, why not get 
a report in to Brother Berkshire, at New Lebanon, Ohio, and 
send in a contribution to help them continue this little pulbi- 
cation. We note that several societies have done this. 

And while we are talking about Christian Endeavor, why 
not send in a report to The Evangelisf, and let the brother- 
hood-at-large know what you are doing? 

— BROTHER E. J. BEEKLEY, pastor of the West Alexandria 

Church, passes us the copy of their Easter Bulletin. We note 

Interesting Items 2 (f,gj j]^gy j^^j g children's "Presentation Service", the pro- 

What Are My Rights?— Editorial— F. C. V ". Sram carrying the names of those to be presented. The bul- 
letin also announces a carry-in dinner and all dav get-to- 
How to Get Rich— Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 4 ^^^^^^^ ^^^ Sunday, April 12th. 

The Unfruitful Tree— Rev. W. R. Deeter 5 

Brethren Doctrine as the Fathers Believed and Taught _ „ 

(Conclusion)-Rev. L. A. Mvers . . 7 ^E NOTE FROM THE MASONTOWN, PA., bulletin that 

Evangelistic services were scheduled to begin on April 6th 

Not Yet— Rev. Frank Gehman 8 ^nd extend through Sunday, April 10th, with Rev. William S. 

The Passing of Elder A. P. Read— Rev. N. W. Jennings. . !) Crick, pastor of Johnstown Third Church, as evangelist. Keep 

this meeting on vour praver list. 
Jew — Juan Iztueta 10 

"A Forgotten Church"— Ralph A. Garber 11 

^ . , . , ,„ WE HAVE RECEIVED a very neat little folder announcing 

Publication Offering (Continued) 12 p^e^Easter Revival and Reconsecration Services of the Co-op- . 

Laid to Rest 12 crative Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, of which church ' 

Our Children's Department 1." ^^^^'^ ^- ^- ^^""^J' '^ ^^"^ P^^t^"-- 

We note that Prof. J. Garber Drushal, of Capital University 

Among the Churches 1! i -n , o , . ^ 

^ was speaker on Palm Sunday evening. Communion service 

Benevolent Offering Reiioit (For March) 1(> was scheduled as of April 12th. 





What are my rights, and are my rights always 
right? This thought was borne upon me in the 
reading of a recent article in the "Christian Index,'' 
entitled, "The relativity of Rights" by John D. Free- 

In one of the paragraphs he says, "Human rights 
exist wholly within the framework of human soci- 
ety. They are born of social, rational and moral con- 
siderations. They arise out of relations of persons to 
persons. They are therefore conditioned upon cir- 
cumstances. Our rights are limited by our responsi- 
bilities and the rights of other persons." 

Now this is all true. We call this a land of free- 
dom and we say we have a right to do as we desire. 
But the mere fact that we are living in close rela- 
tion to others puts a certain curb on what we might 
call "inherent rights" and limits us in the doing of 
those things which are merely our own personal de- 
sires. But there are certain rights that we should de- 
mand — the right to live a decent life ; the right to 
worship God; the right to happiness and love; the 
right to individual thinking. All these we have a 
right to have and there should be no curb upon them. 

Biit ivh'at is decent living? 

We mean by that, not merely the satisfying of the 
human appetite, but rather the cleanliness of life, 
the purity of our relations with others and the satis- 
faction of our conscience before a just and pure God. 

Many people are satisfied if they have plenty to 
eat, a sufficient amount of clothing to appear in pub- 
lic and a place where they may stop for the night. 
But is that living? No, that is merely existing. To 
live one must do more than eat and sleep. One must, 
by his own life, make his habitation valuable to 
those around him. Hp must make his life a reflect- 
ing surface, that will not merely shine, but will ade- 
quately picture his life in thp presence of every cir- 
cumstance. And to do this one must strive to "live 

Thr Rifihf tn Worshi'p 

Not so much how to worship, but WHAT to wor- 
ship. When our forefathers came to this country 
they came in order that they might find a place 
where they could worship God, through Jesus Christ, 
our Lord. 

We remember that our Lord said to the woman at 
the well, "You worship ye know not what; We wor- 

ship that which we know." Right worship is as im- 
portant as right living — for right worship will bring 
right living. The world is in conflict at this hour 
that will determine whether we will have a right to 
worship that which we know to be right. We need 
to I'emember more than ever before that when we 
worship our God we must worship Him in spirit and 
in truth. 

The Right to Happiness and Love 

We sometimes ask ourselves "What is happiness?" 
"What is love?" We know that genuine love is en- 
during — for God is love. And can happiness be just 
as enduring? We believe it can. Yes, even in the 
midst of world strife, its cares, its many abuses — 
even in the presence of all these — happiness can en- 
dure. For happiness is not a thing that can be put 
on and cast off at will. Happiness is not merely a 
frame of mind. Happiness is a state of being. Happi- 
ness can shine through the tears of sorrow. Happi- 
ness can bridge the chasms of despair. Happiness 
can make light shine where there seemingly is no 
light. For happiness is deepest love in action. And I 
have a right to that happiness. 

The Right to IndividtOal Thinking 

May I think as I please? Well, now, that depends. 
For the Word of God says, "As a man thinketh in 
his heart, so is he." My thinking to be right think- 
ing must be based on right principles. It dare not 
start upon a false premise, for false premises bring 
forth false logic and false conclusions. And yet I 
have a right to think for myself. No one may con- 
trol my mind. No one? No, no one but myself. 

Therefore, when I begin the process of thinking 
T begin to rule my life, for my life is governed by 
my thinking which is put into action. If I reason 
falsley, I act falsely. If I reason rightly, then my 
actions are controlled by my conclusions. I think in- 
dividually, I act individually. But the results find 
lodgement in the lives of others. 

WhMt May We Condnde? 

Just this. That our right to life, worship, happi- 
ness, love and thought depends upon our relation to 
others and their relation to us. Or in the words of 
Freeman, "We have the right to our rights only so 
long as we use them rightly. We maintain our rights 
in the discharge of our responsibilities to our own 
souls, to our neighbors and to our God." 

F. C. V. 

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How to Get Rich 

The Poirrr to Get Wealth 

IS a gift from God. "Thou shalt remember the Lord 
thy God : for it is He that giveth thee power to get 
wealth (Deut. 8:18)." Therefore in our industry, 
frugaHty and management we are not to yield to the 
temptations of wealth but to maintain godliness 
therewith. There is a difference between making 
money and getting money. Barring some piece of 
luck few men get rich rapidly except by question- 
able methods. The proper way to make money is to 
be a producer, to obtain by ways that develop the 
man as well as accumulate the wealth. Loss is pref- 
erable wealth of dishonest gain. 

A fortune is usually a misfortune. "It takes the 
muscles out of the limbs, the brain out of the head, 
and the vii'tues out of the heart." Such riches do 
not make the owner rich. 

"Be Not Deceived" 

There are riches which fail to satisfy. Vain riches 
make a poor rich man. "How hardly shall they that 
trust in riches enter the kingdom of God !" To one 
who trusted in what money could do the Apostle Pe- 
ter said, "Thy money perish with thee!" Gain all 
the riches, honors, delights and pleasures that a 
man can possibly enjoy, but leave God out of your 
life and you are a failure. The rich fool's ambition 
led to the infinite and irrevocable loss of his soul. 
Solomon was permitted to indulge in all earthly de- 
lights that all men after him might profit by his con- 
clusion, which is that "all is vanity," a delusion and 
a snare. But there is a wealth which really satis- 
fies and is obtained without the barter of the soul. 

Overcome Yotir Poverti/ 

Men who have made a success in wordly affairs 
have had to overcome obstacles such as poverty. 
And just as poverty has proved to be no bar to suc- 
cess in the world, so soul-poverty is no bar to pro- 
gress in the spiritual world for it may be overcome. 
Of those who realize their soul-poverty Jesus said, 
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, i. e., those who feel 
their spiritual need, for theirs is the kingdom of hea- 
ven." God alone knows the infinite value of the hu- 
man soul. Its worth is attested by the amazing price 
paid for its redemption from its lost estate. It cost 
the Son of God an infinite price (2 Cor. 8:9) that 
we through His poverty might become rich, be m.ade 

Rev. C. y. Gil 



"partakers of the divine nature," have eternal life, 
be made holy, be made happy in God through Him. 
and be entitled to the "exceeding great and precious 
promises." Thus we are shown the need and the rem- 
edy, the sinner and the Saviour. 

The Tirue Riches 

are the offers of God's grace. The power to get 
earthly wealth is the least of God's gifts to men. 
For what are riches to God's Word, to bodily gifts, 
to the mind with its understanding, skill and wis- 
dom? But God's best gift is the "unspeakable gift" 
of His love. Without this gift other gifts lose their 
value. Salvation is a gift for 

" 'Tis only God that is given away, 

'Tis only heaven may be had for the asking." 

"Heaven's riches cannot be bought." "Ask and ye 
shall receive" them. They are merited alone through 
Christ Who has merited all things for the believing 
children of God. They are free, for we cannot earn 
them ; they are without money and without price 
(Isa. 55:1), for no money can buy them. Through 
faith, repentance and baptism we become the adopt- 
ed sons of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Je- 
sus Christ (Rom. 8:15-17). The initial step is a new 
heart granted in conversion. Therefore "putting 
off the old man," keep putting him off. Be renewed 
in the spirit of the mind. Put the soul nourishment 
first. Grow in grace by growing in knowledge. Be 
i-ich in Christian experience. Pray for the prosperi- 
ty of your soul. Strive for a true life, a high life 
(Matthew 5:38-48), a complete life. Know God and 
have the "peace that passeth understanding." Bear 
much fruit by winning souls to Christ. Ask for such 
things and God will not send leanness into vour soul 
(Psa. 106:15). 

Lay Up Your Trcnmtren 

"Why art thou, being the king's son, lean from 
day to day? Wilt thou not tell me (2 Samuel 13 :4) ?" ' 
With all your i)i-ivileges why get so little out of the ' 
Christian life? Having tasted the good things of the < 
Lord, why be so lean? Why should the King's son i 
be moving along at a poor dying rate? Is this world < 

April 11, 1942 

too much for you ? Lay not up for yourselves treas- 
ures upon earth . . . But lay up for yourselves 
treasures in heaven . . . For where your treas- 
ure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19- 
21). Spiritual leanness is caused by a dislocated 
heart. Stewardship is deferred until we make more 
money or we get out of debt. Lay up your treasures 
NOW. Lay them UP ! Remember you lay them up 
for yourself. Let us not be shortsighted but lay up 
treasures in heaven all along as they are due. Honor 
the Lord with your substance and He will honor you 
(Prov. 3 :9, 10) . Remove the Lord's talent from the 
napkin and put it to work. "He that soweth spar- 
ingly shall also reap sparingly (2 Cor. 9:6)." Be 
RICH toward God. To ignore this is to be careless 
about the safety of your possessions (Luke 12:21). 
-4 Safe Investment 
"He is able to keep that which I have committed 
unto Him against that day," said one whose stormy 

life led him to appreciate a safe investment for life's 
possessions. There is only one safe deposit for hu- 
man treasure (Matthew 6:19-21). Paul's first in- 
vestments were unsafe, he lost them (Phil. 3:7, 8). 
What he saved he deposited safely from the moths 
and thieves. Treasures deposited with Christ are not 
only safe but also profitable. "He shall receive a hun- 
dred foid !" "All things are yours," and "ye are 
Christ's and Christ's is God's." We are the heirs of 
the redeemed universe which is pending the day of 
the glorious liberty of the sons of God ! "What man- 
ner of persons ought ye to be" in light of the soul's 
value and of future events such as the judgment 
seat of Christ and the renewed universe of eternal 
duration? Your day of trial is at hand. Are you de- 
voted to the passing- of things of earth or are your 
savings invested in the securities of the eternal hab- 

— (Vinco) R. 1, Conemaugh, Penna. 


The Unfruitful Tree 

Rev. W. R. Deeter 

"And seeing the fig tree by the way-side, he came to it, 
and found nothing thereon, but leaves only; and he said 
unto it, let there be no fruit from thee hencefortli forever." 
Matt. 21:19. 

Life is full of questions to be settled. They arise 
most every day. 

Jesus, in his later ministry had marched tri- 
umphantly into the Jewish city of Jerusalem, and 
goes directly to the temple upon his arrival in the 
Holy City; he becomes the champion of its purity; 
he cleanses it of its trade and its traffic, because it 
is the House of God, a place of worship and prayer. 
Yet, for Jesus the temple is not the only dwelling- 
place of God. 

The next day, on his way in from Bethany, he saw 
a fig tree afar off, thinking it might have fruit 
thereon, for he was an hungered. Since, in the fig 
tree, the fruit forms before the leaves appear, the 
fruit does not ripen until later in the season. The 
narrative says, "It was not the season of (ripe) 
figs." So Jesus must have come in the hope that pos- 
sibly he might find a few ripe figs in advance of the 
season, but "He found nothing but leaves." Not even 
green figs ; the tree bore leaves only. 

The fig tree whose lack of figs, while having 
leaves makes it a significant symbol of a people 
abundant in profession, but lacking in good works. 
He uses it to symbolize the curse that falls upon 
such people. The act is an acted parable, having its 
whole significance in its symbolic meaning. There 
seems to be a strange lesson in the incident. The 
Imk of connection is probably in the nation of Is- 

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rael. of which the fig tree, with its leaves, but no 
fruit, was a most fitting sj-mbol, and which, on the 
other hand, stood, by reason of its unfruitfulness, 
as a mountain in the path of the kingdom of God. 
The withering of the tree s>-mbolizes the over-throw 
of the nation, and suggests the great lesson that all 
things that st^nd in the way of God's kingdom, 
though they be mountain-high, shall be renwved. 

In the context which follows, the thought seems 
to pass to the general subject of prayer, which 
teaches that thei-e is no achievement at which faith 
need stagger. God is able to do all things for those 
who beliex'e: and second, as reminding us that in 
praying for the removal of obstacles (such as was 
the people of the Jews) it mu.^t be in no \indictive 
spirit, but with that of forgiveness. 

The cursing of the fig tree is the only miracle of 
wrath worked by Jesus. But it is a revelation of 
God's mercy, for whereas the countless miracles of 
mercy were all wrought upon men. this one was 
wrought upon a treo. He "pa-ches the ti-ee" that He 
may teach men wisdom. He exercises His power, not 
on a man. because He is a lover of men. but on a 
plant. The whole inc'dent seems to be an acted par- 
able, so we see in it the one fig tree, standing apart 
from all others, is the Jewish nation, who made 
great profession of righteousness and of the service 
of God. the other nations of the earth made none. 
Both Jew and Gentile were unfruitful, but the Jew 
added to his unfruitfulness the appearance of 
fruit, for fig trees begin to develop fruit before 
there are any leaves. So when leaves appear, ripe 
fruit may justly be expected. The fault of the fig 
tree, therefore, was not that it had no fruit, which 
was not to be expected at that season, but that it pre- 
tended to have it. and had not. 

The cursing of the fig tree api)ears to be a sym- 
bolic miracle to teach the insufficiency of religious 
profession without fruitfulness. No doubt the occa- 

sion deals with the unfaithfulness of the Jews. But 
whate\^r the real nature of the incident it provided 
the basis for a conversation between Jesus and the 
disciples on the question of prayer, and what mar- 
velous things can be wrought with its aid. Not only 
is prayer a real help to accomplish the hard, big 
thjngs of life, but its inspiration is essential also to 
fulfill the smaller, lesser duties. We can face the 
greater tasks in our career in the full confidence 
that this great weapon of prayer will not fail us. 
Both Matthew and Mark stress the idea of faith and 
pi-ayer as being all-available in accomplishment. 

If. when we come near the end of our earthly pil- 
grimage, someone should ask for some condensed 
word of wisdom to be treasured up in remembrance 
and a prompter, it would be "FRUITFUL." -'By 
their fruits ye shall know them." 

We also see in this lesson of the fig tree, the doom 
of things that do not meet the wants of the time, or 
the terrific prosp>ect of meeting a disappointed 
Christ. In the context there is also this thought — 
the perfect dominion of the spiritual over the ma- 
terial, and the vast possibilities of undoubting pray- 
er. Christ ever leads His own from mere wonder- 
ment at the miraculous up to that which is higher. 
His answer now combined all that they needed to 
learn. It pointed to the typical lesson of what had 
taken place : the need of realizing, simple faith, the 
absence of which was the cause of Israel's leafy bar- 
renness, and which, if present and active, could ac- 
complish all. however impossible it might seem by 
outward means. Faith gives power in prayer for do- 
ing the impossible or incredible. Faith is not a sense, 
nor sight, nor reason, but taking God at His Word. 
Faith is nothing else but the soul's venture. It ven- 
tures to Christ, in opposition to all legal terrors: it 
ventures for Christ, in opposition to all difficulties 
and discouragements. 

— ^Burlington, Indiana 

He that 



April 11, 1942 


Brethren Doctrine as the Fathers 

Believed and Taught 
Rev. L. A. Myers 

These doctrines of Salvation are followed by Spirit endue- 
nieiit, as Jesus promised and carried it out as shown in the 
Acts of the Apostles. The Laying on of hands is for that 
power to qualify one to witness for God after the birth by 
water and the Spirit. We are said to be born of water and of 
the Spirit and are thus added to the Lord. 

Hut the Christian lite and service is more than mere ad- 
dition to the Lord's body. Addition to the Lord's body is for 
service for him. His body is a vineyard where laborers are en- 
tering at all hours of the day. Their place in the vineyard 
is one of service. It is a fight of faith and we must be good 
soldiers. The field is the world and to the Church is given 
inarching orders — "Onward Christian Soldiers, marching as 
to war." "Ye shall be witnesses of me," was spoken to the 

' Church and "ye shall receive power from on high," was a 
promise to the servant of faith. The power is given that all 

I may be efficient witnesses. 

. The Laying on of Hands was a special enduement, repre- 

; sented by this symbolical act. It was one of the principles 
of Grace, according to Hebrews 6:3. These principles were: 
faith, repentance, baptism, laying on of hands, mentioned as 
distinct from, but coordinate with baptism. The practice was 

■ followed by the early Church immediately after the Apostles. 

, The purpose was practically the same. Tertullian, who was 
born sixty-three yeai-s after John died, says, "In the next 
place (meaning after baptism) the hand is laid on us, invok- 

. ing and inviting the Holy Spirit, through obedience." Ihe 
Apostolic Canon said, in the second to fourth century, "Let 
him say these and like things, for this is the efficacy of the 

' Laying on of Hands, for unless there is such a recital made 
for every one of these candidates for baptism he does only 
descend into the water as do the Jews. He only keeps off 
the filth of the body and not the filth of the Soul." 

Jerome (340 A. D.) asks, "Do you know that the Laying 
on of Hands after baptism and the invocation of the Spirit 
is a custom of the Church? Do you demand Scripture proof? 
You may find it in the Acts of the Apostles and even if it 
did not rest upon the authority of the Scriptures, yet the 
census of the whole world in this respect would have the 
force of a command." 

Modern Church historians agree that these practices of 
the Church were universal. Jamison, Fauset and Brown in 
their "Contunentary"; Park Fisher and Alexander Allen in 
their book on "Christian Institutions" are all in accord that 
these were practices of the early Church. 

The New Testament also teaches the Anointing of the 
sick with oil and the laying on of hands (James 5:14-16) of 
which the Holy Spirit is an active agent. Healing is one of 
the gifts of the Spirit, which we have a right to expect if we 
•believe and accept the doctrine of Atonement, for the pur- 
pose of the Atonement was to work the forgiveness of sin and 
the healing of the body. It is the basis of our faith for it cov- 
ers the guilt of our sin and its consequences. Isaiah says, 
"Surely he hath covered our sickness and carried our sor- 
rows." Matthew says, "He took upon himself our infirmities 
and bears our diseases." 

I The early Church understood the anointing of the sick 
'with oil and laying on of hands to mean a continued exer- 
;cise of its rights and within its jurisdiction. Irenaeus (130 
jA. D.) in referring to the practice, says, that "some casting 
lout of demons is a matter that cannot be called in question 
[since it is attested by the experience of those who have been 

thus delivered and are now in the Church. Others still heal 
ihe sick, by laying hands upon them and they are made whole 
again." Tertullian says that "Procurus anointed Sevei-us 
and healed him." In the third century it was decided that only 
a bishop might perpare the oil, but that anyone may use it. 
Justin Martyr said to the Roman Emperor; "For numberless 
demoniacs throughout the whole world and throughout your 
city, many Christian men through exorcise in the name of 
Jesus Christ, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, have 
healed and do heal, rendering helpless and driving out the 
possesion of Demons, though they could not be cured by ex- 
orcist and those who used incantations and dnags." Other 
historical references point to the same belief and practice, 
not mentioned here, all of which regard Divine Healing of 
the body and spirit as resting upon a Scriptural basis. 

But we now pass from this doctrine to that of the Second 
.\dvent of the Loi'd Jesus, the fact of which doctrine is not 
hard to establish, either by Scripture or history. The last 
scene the Apostles of Jesus were permitted to look upon in 
which their Lord was the principle figure, was that of his 
Ascension. While in the procedure of departure, two men, 
arrayed in white apparel, stood beside the Apostles with this 
message, "Ye men of Galilee, Why stand ye gazing into 
Heaven." These celestial witnesses only attest that which 
He, himself had taught and foretold while He was on earth 
with these disciples. He is the Master, who after a long 
time, returned unto his servants. And again, the bride- 
groom that tarried and the nobleman who went into a far 
country. Even though Jesus himself did not know when he 
left the definite promise when it would be, he purposely ob- 
scured the time, leaving the event so vague that every gen- 
eration might expect it. His last words were, "Watch and 

The early Church took the words of Jesus on their face 
value and every generation from that time to this has look- 
ed for the fulfillment of that promise. 

Fisher, in his "History of Christian Institutions" tells us 
that the Second Coming of Christ was an event looked upon 
as not remote. In one of the parables of Hernias it was pre- 
dicted as following the building of the Tower, which will soon 
be built. The Post Communion Prayer in the Didache ends 
with the words, "Maranatha." (The Lord Cometh). In Barn- 
abas, the temporal reign for a Thousand Years was expect- 
ed to follow the Advent. Papias, who cherished the same 
idea represented a fantastic picture of Millennial bliss and 
comfort. In Allen's "Christian Institutions" he refers to the 
Montanist Prophets who were aiming at a moral reforma- 
tion of the Church who prophesied that, "The end of all 
things was at hand and the coming of Christ was near. "An 
evil hour was impending for which the Christians should 
fortify themselves by a severe regime. When the persecution 
fell they were to stand at their posts and not flee, but wel- 
come martyrdom as bringirj then) home to Christ. This 
was the teaching of the second century. 

Fisher in his "History of the Christian Church" says, "The 
belief in a millennial kingdom on earth to follow the second 
Advent of Christ was widely diffused. In some cases it was 
conceived of as a scene of material comfort, when the ground 
would have a miraculous fertility and its products be pro- 
portionally rich. This millennial belief was refered to by 
Justin, Irenaeus, Tertullian, while the Alexandrians opposed 

Thus briefly we have sought to set forth the most import- 
ant doctrines of the Brethren Church and show the teachings 
and attitudes of the Early Fathers to them. In some few 
cases there are slight deviations, but as a whole, the teach- 
ings of the Fathers as practiced by the Early Church con- 
firms the Scriptural basis of Brethren Teaching. 

—Oak Hill, West Virginia 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Not Yet 


Rev. Frank Gehman 

Ileb. 2:8b, "But now we see not yet all things subjected to him." 

Because the hunum mind is so patently impatient 
and is so unwilling- to allow time for the realization 
of its hopes, it is consistently tempted to seek sub- 
stance to its dreams in new pastures and thus wan- 
der from the truth. Or to abandon altogethei' all 
hope and confident expectation. The mysteries of 
Christianity and the visions of its faith suffer sadly 
at the hands of impatient spirits. Nor will it ever be 
different with any man until he comes to see time 
and eternity, life and death with more of the divine 
perspective and less of the human. 

In Peter's day already (2 Peter 3:4) mockers 
were saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? 
For, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all 
things continue as they were from the beginning of 
creation." Modern mockers use the same inept ar- 
gument. The fact that some pai'ticular thing has not 
heretofore taken place proves only that it has not 
heretofore taken place, but does not at all prove that 
it cannot or will not possibly take place at some fut- 
ure date. To assume that it does so prove is to con- 
tend that all events and phenomena are locked in an 
ironclad rule of uniformity that can not be altered, 
not even by such a God as the Bible depicts. Up-to 
date science discards such an assumption, and reve- 
lation has proved it false. 

Mad men only the patience — and the faith — to 
await the final out-working of divine plans, and in 
the meantime to accept revelation at its true worth 
and apply its teachings to their own lives, they 
would have largely solved their own intellectual 
problems, and those of their neighbors, arising from 
the claims of Christianity. It is the rejection of the 
claims of Christianity and not the acceptance of 
them that creates problems, intellectual and spirit- 

The saint could say, "But now we see not yet," 
and let faith fill in the blank until the day of con- 
summation. But not so spirits that have not learned 
the secret of patience and minds that will not trust 
where they can not see. Accordingly they trouble 
themselves with a thousand questionings and doubt 
God. The solution of the theorem makes all the steps 
thitherward clear. So will the final working out of 
God's plan make everything along the way to that 
point perfectly evident, even — we believe — to those 

souls who have died in their disbelief and questions. 
Until that day of consummation we have only faith 
and revelation to guide us. Able guides they are for 
those who trust them, but to those who would carry 
the weight of the world upon their own shoulders 
and seek to solve divine problems in their own hu- 
manity such guides are but broken reeds and theii- 
counsels inane and doddering. The faithful can wail. 
but not all men are of faith, and the "not yet" is too 
hard for them ; they want to see now. 

One says there can be no God, and the cruelties 
and sufferings inflicted and endured by humanity 
proves it; the existence of God — he proposes to 
think — would prevent such things. He does not 
know, or can not see, that this supports Scripture 
which says, "But NOW w^e see NOT YET all thing.s 
subjected to him." Were they ALL subjected to Him, 
then He would soon re-order them. The lack of sub- 
jection to Him is the source of the ancient trouble 
with the world and with much that we see. The poor, 


\pril 11, 1942 

;hort-sighted doubter has not looked into the fut- 
u-e, but has thought that what has been will contin- 
le to be, thus arguing by inference that there has 
3een no beginning to what we see and know, nor will 
;here be an end to it. His is a hopeless world, for he 
las left out God Who alone could break up the "vic- 
ous circle" into which his thoughts have fallen. It 
s in God's province to bring to pass what has not 
jeen before and to alter events to conform to His 
pattern at the chosen time. The "not yet" implies a 
iay of subjection when what has not been will be, 
and the law of uniformity (so dearly held by many) 
will once more be rudely shattered by divine handi- 

Turn where we may to whatever we may and 
find there what we may that is contrary to God and 
opposed to Him, none, or all, of it proves Him im- 
potent, uncaring or non-existent. The sure Word of 
Scripture says that at the present time we do not 
yet see all things subjected to our God. There are — 
for all the evil that may be pointed to in the world 
jr attempts made to charge to the account of God 
— two things the Christian sees in this text at once. 

First, it is implied that there are SOME things 
;hat are already subjected to God. It is they which 
are the salt of the earth, which keep the world from 
;otal moral puterfaction. They are the hearts and 
ives of men voluntarily subjected for Christ's sake 
md willingly kept in subjection. 

Second, it is implied that eventually ALL things 
vill be subjected. This is an imposing thought, un- 
known to and unappreciated by that which must yet 
M)e forcibly subjected. It is one element of the Gos- 
)el message which must needs be made known to 
he impenitent, and therefore unsubjected, men. 

Where pleadings fail, force must succeed. The fact 
hat it has never been so done since the world began 
iroves nothing now. "Now we see not yet," but what 
vill it be another day, the Day of the Lord? Chris- 
ianity was cradled in broken laws of the uniformity 
f nature; was fostered in miracles, powers, signs 
nd wonders ; has left behind it centuries of the ex- 
■ra-ordinary and unusual ; and its faith, though not 
ow seeing all things subjected unto Him, sees that 
ay coming and abides the day — patiently, we trust, 
ccupying "till He come." 

The Passins of Elder A. P. Reed 

, I am sure you will give a little space in the Breth- 
jen Evangelist with regard to the home going of our 
ear brother, A. P. Reed. He made his exit on Febru- 
jry 24th after a long but patient illness. His life was 
iideed made beautiful by the Grace of God, and was 

monument to the Spotless Life of the Son of God. 

is wife and children were kind and tender, doing 

all they could for him ; and now there are no linger- 
ing regrets. 

I first met Brother A. P. Reed in Ashland College, 
We sat together in the New Testament Theology 
Class taught by Dr. J. Allen Miller, now in glory. In 
that class Brother Reed made a good impression on 
me. I was his pastor for nine years in the First Breth- 
ren Church in Los Angeles. Never did he hinder my 
ministry for a minute. We worked together in per- 
fect harmony. He taught the Teacher's Training 
Class in which class many graduated and became 
teachers in the Sunday School. 

At the close of our nine years work together, Bro- 
ther Reed said something I will never forget; which 
made me work all the harder. He said, "N. W., you 
have always brought us fresh messages anointed 
with grace." I said to him, "Brother Reed, When th^ 
time comes for me to take a back seat and sit at the 
feet of some man of God preaching and teaching the 
Word, I trust I will do it meek, humble, and helpful to 
tlie pastor and church as you have all these years". 

If ever I had a friend in any man, I had it in A. P. 
Reed — a friend always the same. Our fellowship 
which was glorious here, in time will be more glorious 
in the eternal sweet homeland of the soul ; a land of 
eternal perfect peace far away from the night of this 
wicked world. 

God bless and comfort 
faithful children. 

you Sister Reed and the 

N. W. Jennings 

The above likeness of Brother A. P. Reed was taken when 
he was active in the ministry. We are sorry that we do not 
have a later photograph of him, but this likeness will call to 
memory his work in the church. At one time he was Business 
Manager of the Brethren Publishing Company. 


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For some years, in this country (Argentina) one 
can rarely listen to short wave radio transmission 
without getting- some European station with totali- 
tarian propaganda in whose messages the word 
"Jew" se)'ves as a camouflage for the evil designs of 
"the beast", the author of which accuses the Jews of 
being the cause of the wai- and consequent miseries 
of the world. 

They accuse the Jews of being the authors of the 
acts of sabotage in all the occupied countries, of 
dominating Churchill and deceiving Roosevelt and 
supporting Chiang Kai Shek and many other things. 
Poor Jews ! 

Leaving to one side this hatred of the Jews and al- 
so the insulting propaganda directed to South 
America (as if this continent were inhabited only 
by microcephalos) we wish to direct our thoughts to 
the causes of the events that shake our poor planet. 
New Order 

"New order" is the slogan of the dictators. The 
leaders of democracy, feeling sure of the final vic- 
tory, declare that they will dictate the terms of a 
lasting peace when victory comes. But many speak 
without knowing the designs of the Creator in this 
matter. Therefore let us enquire as to what God has 
to say of the Jews and of their Messiah. Our 
friends, the Jews, have been marvelously preserved 
throughout the ages and have been prepared in a 
hard school for their entrance into their promised 

Juan Iztueto 

There are a multitude of prophecies related to this 
event. The reader should study especially Ezekiel 
37:21-39:39 and Jeremiah 30:18-31:14. Although 
Israel has passed many ages without king or prince 
or ephod or sacrifice (Hosea 3:4) the nation is now 
awakening. The dry bones of Ezekiel 37:1-4 are 
moving. Israel is on the way to receive her King. 
This design of God is being fulfilled in spite of all 
the efforts of apostate churches without God or the 
worshippers of the "god of forces." Israel will yet 
receive her King, when he shall descend upon the 
mountains of Zion. There do not exist human forces 
that can prevent this event. 

Leaving aside the New Testament prophecies, 
the second Psalm is sufficient to reveal the tak'ng 
counsel together of the leaders of peoples bent upon 
destroying the worship and the people of the Lord 
and trampling upon their consciences with "new 

But the coming King will bring his new order for 
the world and all the events of our age are converg- 
ing toward this great event. The King will come, the 
decree will be published and the divine new order es- 
tablished, but only after world-wide tribulation. In 
the frightful events which are coming, the enemies 
of God will be destroyed, the people of Christ will 
be gathered together to him and our friends, the 
Jews, will be delivered, and in their repentance and 
faith will enter into the kingdom whose glory endur- 
eth forever. 

— Cordoba, Argentine 

April 11, 1942 




Ralph A. Garber 

On a Sunday afternoon as we out driving go, 

We come upon a cross road and with caution we 

drive slow. 
We see an old brick building that used to be a 

Then something seems to tell us we ought to take a 

And out of that machine we hop, wade weeds up to 

our knees. 
We see that church a-standing there beneath two 

old oak trees. 

We take that old white handkerchief and wipe dust 

from the glass; 
We make a little space where we can see at last. 
What is that our eyes behold lying on the floor; 
; That once had lovely carpet on for forty years or 

We see a piece of broken plow, a buggy wheel and 

Some old corn cobs, a pile of straw, and things a 

tramp won't take. 

Now you wonder will it ever come to pass, 

When folks go walking past your chui'ch and looking 

through the glass. 
Will they see a lot of auto parts, oil cans or tanks of 

But if you keep on missjng like a lot of people do 
This thing is bound to happen just the same to you 
For when the pennies cease to fall and rattle on the 
1 . plate, 
■'if won't be long till the door is closed, a lock upon 

the gate. 
; — Warsaw, Indiana . 


The ordination service for Brother Harry Gilbert, mem- 
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Brighton, Indiana, Congregation, will be conducted in the 
Elkhart Church on Sunday afternoon, April 26th, at 2:30 
o'clock. Brothe)- Delbert Flora makes this announcement as 
being according to their present plans. 

To show us the worth of time, God never gives us two 
moments together, nor grants us a second until he has with- 
drawn the first. — Fenelon. 

Character — the only thing we make in this world that we 
shall take into the next; what we weave here we shall wear 
theie. — Bishop J. Taylor Smith. 

As a peace officer the church has no equal. Neglect the 
church and put on more policemen. — Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

Great lives never go out — they go on. — Benjamin Harri- 


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MACK — William, the son of Joseph and Rebecca Mack 
was born in Greene county, Pennsylvania, May 19, 1860. He 
jiassed away at his home in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, March ' 
28, 1942, at the age of 81 years, 9 months and 9 days. 

He was the last of a family of brothers and sisters. His 
father and mother had been long time members of the Fair- 
view Church of the Brethren. He was the grandson of Elder 
Jacob Mack, the pioneer Dunker preacher. His grandfather 
had assisted in building the Fairview church in 1835, and the 
Grove church in 1837 and was for a time pastor of both of 
these churches. His grandfather was the great great grand- 
son of Ale.xander Mack, the founder of the Dunker churches. 

William Mack, like numerous members of his family, was 
a miller. At the time of his death he was awaiting suffic- 
ient strength to be baptized, the other steps leading to it I 
having been taken. 

He was married on October 23, 1884 to Miss Louise Def- 
fenbaugh of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, who sui-vives him. 
He is also survived by four children, namely; George of the 
home; Frank of ConnellsviUe, Pennsylvania; William Jacob i 
Alexander of Cleveland, Ohio, and Lester of Uniontown,* 
Pennsylvania. He is also survived by four grandchildien andi 
seven great grandchildren. 

Funeral services conducted in the home by the writer, a 
distant relative and also a descendant of Alexander Mack, I 
the Founder of the Church. Burial in Oak Grove cemetery, 
Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

Freeman .A.nkium, Pastor Masontown Brethren Church 

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It Seems To Me 

Simply because the generation is evil and 
the times are bad is no reason why we should 
despaii- or feel that the Church has no pros- 
pect today. The triumph of the Church has 
always lain in its capacity to conquer human 
ill with divine good. The worse the general 
condition, the greater the challenge to the 
Church, and the more need that she should 
preach the Gospel of Redeeming Grace clear- 
ly and forcefully here and now. Or so it seems 
to me. 

The Mentor 

I < t t t t * 

\pril 11. 1942 


Our Children's Department 


*ear Children: 

You remember the Bible stories that we have been having, 
he last one being about Moses when he went to live at the 
lOuse of King Pharaoh. While he was there he became a 
fery wise man; he wrote books and as I told you he was also 
I brave soldier and helped the Egyptians drive away their 
memies. He was -so great that jierhaps some day he might 
lavc become the king of Egypt, after Pharaoh had died, 
^ut he never forgot that he was an Israelite and not an 
Cgyjitian, and that the lives of his own people were very hard 
md very sad because the king, who was kind to him, was 
'ery cruel to them. He longed to help them and for many 
;ears he tried to think of something he could do. 

At last he decided to leave the palace and go to live with his 
)eople who were slaves. It must have been hard for him to 
lay good-bye to the princess who had been so good to him, 
ind to leave the palace and all the pleasure he had enjoyed 
here, but he felt sure he was iileasing God in doing so. He 
.fent to visit his people and he found them working hard in 
he hot sun, making bricks. As he stood watching them, one 
)Oor man was so tired that he stoi^ped to rest for a moment, 
vhen the Egyptian, who was watching to see that all the 
:laves worked, began to beat him. Moses was very angry at 
his man for being so cruel and he struck him down. 

When the king hoard what Moses had done, he sent his 
:oldiers to take him but Moses fled from Egypt and went in- 
o another country where they could not find him. He walk- 
ed a long way across a desert and at last he came to a well 
vhere he sat down to rest. 

While Moses was waiting, seven maidens came to get wat- 
;r for their flocks. When these maidens had drawn the water 
ind filled some troughs from which the sheep and lambs 
•ould drink, some rough shepherds came and pushed the 
iiaidens away, and started to take the watei- for their flocks, 
lut Moses was angry at the rude shepherds and drove them 
iway. The maidens were glad that such a strong, brave man 
vas there to help them and they hurried home to tell their 
'ather. He asked: "Where is the man? Why did you leave 
lini at the well instead of bringing him home with you?" 

The maidens then hastened back to Moses and invited him 
.0 come to their home which he was very glad to do. When 
hey arrived, their father, whose name was Jethro, thanked 
lim for being so kind to his daughters. He asked Moses to 
jtay and hel)) take care of his flocks. . So Moses lived there 
or many years and after a time one of those seven maidens 
lecame his wife. 

But in Egypt the poor Israelites were still having trouble, 
fhe king, whom Mo.=or had known, had died, hut the next 

ng treated them iust as badly, so they begged God to help 
hem, and He answered their pi-ayei-s. 

One day Moses took his flocks across the desert towards a 
reat mountain, called Horeb. As he came near it he saw a 
urning bush. He ran quickly to put out the flame but he was 

so surprised to find that, though the bush seemed all on fire, 
not a leaf was burned. He came still nearer to see what this 
could mean and then he heard a voice which said, "Moses, 
Moses." And Moses answered, "Here am I." 

Then God said, "Come no nearer. Take off your .shoes, for 
this is a holy place." 

When Moses had done this, he fell upon his knees and hid 
his face, for he was afraid to look at the burning bush where 
God was. Then God said that he felt sorry for the Israelites 
and would bring them into a beautiful land. He told Moses 
he wished to send him to the king to ask that the people 
might go. Moses was glad to hear that God would help his 
people but when he learned that he was to lead them, he was 
afraid and said: "Who am I that I should go to the king and 
that I should lead the people out of Egypt!" 

God answered :"You shall tell them that the great Jehovah 
sent you, who is the God of your fathers. He is sorry for you 
and will lead you into a good land, where you shall have 
rest and happiness." 

But still Moses was afraid and asked, "But what if they 
do not believe me?" Then God said, "What have you in your 

Moses answered, "A rod." 

God told him to throw it down upon the ground. When 
Moses did so, children, it turned into a serpent, or snake, 
and Moses was frightened and ran from it. But the Lord 
said, "Put forth your hand and take it by the tail." 

And when Moses did this, it changed back into a rod! Was- 
n't that wondei-ful? God told him he could thus change his 
rod before the people and they would then believe that He 
had sent him. But Moses was not then ready to go. He said, 
"O, My Lord, I cannot speak well and I fear I could not talk 
to the king." 

God said that He would help him and teach him what to 
say. But Moses begged Him to send some one else and then 
the Lord said that Aaron, Moses' brother, should go with 
him, for he could talk well, so at last Moses was willing to 

I will tell you in my next letter what happened when Mo- 
ses went back to his people. 

With love, in Christ's Name, 

Aunt I.oretta 


The Brethren Evangelist 

We are sorry that no Christian Endeavor 
Topic material arrived For this issue. 

Among the Churches 

Post Card Publicity 


On March 16th we opened our special Victory Revival 
here and continued through to Palm Sunday. We had splen- 
did crowds considering the way most of the church men had 
to work in the shops in the defense program that is on in 
full force here in South Rend. The members of the congre- 
gation sui-ely proved themselves loyal and faithful workers 
for the Loi-d. A goodly number were in attendance at every 
sen'ice, while many others missed but a night or two. The 
members of the choir and our pianist wei-e on hand to do 
their part in making the meetings successful. 

Mr. and Mi-s. Harry E. Richer of Peru, Indiana, were with 
us to conduct the music and lead in the children's work. We 
were pleased to have as many as 66 children in the meetings 
following school each evening. As at other times we found 
the Richers to be splendid workers. This was my third meet- 
ing with them. Their capable leadership and full cnojieration 
enabled the humble preacher to handle the word with gri-eat 
fi-eedom, although hr was handicapperl the last week of the 
meeting with a very ,sevei-e throat ailment. In spite off every 
hindrance the Lord gave us victory in the salvation of many 

The visible results of the campaign were .'^2 decisions, 24 
first time confessions, ii by letter and :> reconsecrations. Six- 
teen have received baptism and along with those bringing 

their letters were received into the church on Easter Sunday. 
Five have decided to cast their lot with other churches and 
one has yet to receive baptism. For strength to carry on and 
for e\'ery victory won we give God all the glory. 

We now look toward the summer and the advance of the 
Loi'd's work in different channels. We are expecting to con- 
duct a vacation Bible School the latter part of May or first 
of June. The field grows larger with every week as the new 
families are moving in continually. Pray for us that we might 
he led to do the right thing to direct all coming our way into 
the portals of the church. 

A. E. Whitted, Pastor 


Pre-Easter services were held in the Waterloo Brethren 
church Wednesday through Friday of Passion week. The at- 
tendance at these services was good and a deep spiritual in- 
terest was manifested. 

The climax of special interest in the things of Chi-ist and 
the church was reached on Easter Sunday. The pastor was 
happy to conduct a service of consecration in the Young 
People's Division of the Sunday School. No group could have 
listened with closer attention. The response to the invitation 
for the reconsecration of the life and for a closer walk with 
the Lord, was one hundred per cent. 

An audience which about filled the large auditorium was 
present at the preaching service. The music was appropriate 
and inspiring. We are enjoying our new organ. In this ser- 
vice there were more reconsecrations. Some forty gave their 
hearts anew to the Lord this day. Five new membere were 
added to the church, four by baptism and one by renewal and 
letter. As a fitting close to this day, the choir offered the 
cantata, "Crucifixion and Ascension," at the five o'clock hour. 

W. C. Benshoff, Pastor 


Dear Brethren : 

From time to time reports from Mrs. Edna Nicholas and 
various little news items have appeared in the pages of The 
Evangelist about the work in Elkhart. Now I shall try my 
hand at providing Brother Vanator with some e-xtra copy to 
edit. It remains to be seen how much of it will hit that big, 
bad waste basket by his desk. This report will include Janu- 
ary to Easter. 

Two things stand out in our January activities as indicative 
of God's favor and blessing upon this people. On Sunday ev- 
ening, January 18, it was my happy privilege to administer 
baptism to eight children of our Bible School, none of them 
above eleven years old. They, with many others, constitute a 
fine faithful group of young Christians. Sunday, January 
11, was our quarterly Cash Pay for the building fund. The 
sum of $l.'i2.'i was contributed, which made it possible to 
round out the first year of our loan by paying $6,992.20 on 
princiiial and interest. The year's payments on the note were 
just double what was required. 

February was a month of evangelism. During the first 
two weeks several teams of evangelists made assigned calls. 
Special simultaneous prayer meetings were held in five loca- 
tions on two evenings. Dr. W. S. Bell and Mrs. Bell came for 
two weeks of special services which began on Monday even- 
ing, February 16, and closed on Sunday, March 1. These ser- 
vices started off with rain, fog and ice. The second evening 
saw cold and snow. The third evening the temperature was 
diving toward zero and a snow storm was raging. But we 
pounded on. The second week brought considerably better 

April 11, 1942 


weather. Dr. Bell was not feeling his best, but he was faith- 
ful, and preached the Gospel with all his customary earnest- 
ness. The Lord manifested His appi'oval by giving us a good 
number of souls. Brother and Sister Bell are' much loved by 
the Elkhart people, and it is our hope and prayer that he will 
recover his strength as he rests at home. The baptisms for 
those who confessed Christ during our evangelistic effort 
totaled twenty-three, and the number received by letter and 
relation was seven. 

March was a month of preparation for Easter, along with 
attendance upon revivals in neighboring churches, and the 
I'eport on Easter really belongs to that month. The Bible 
School set goals for attendance and offering and added to 
that a goal of more souls for Christ. These people are like 
the fire which can never say "enough." The thirty-eight 
lieople who had been recently added to their membership 
were an assurance that more could and should be won. Easter 
Sunday evening found us with seven more members bring- 
ing up the total for 1942 to forty-five. We had fine attend- 
ance in the services on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ev- 
enings of Holy Week. Thursday evening we celebrated the 
Last Supper with great spiritual uplift. The Cash Day (quar- 
terly) offering on Sunday was $2,103.20. Personally, I do 
not like to use Easter for a building fund offering instead 
of a foreign mission offering, but this custom was established 
long years ago. Soon we shall have our building paid for and 
then Easter will be Foreign Mission Day. However, a tenth 
of the offering is given to missions. The Bible School attend- 
ance was 624, and the total attendance in all the services of 
the day was about 1,351. 

April will be another busy month. We expect to make a 
special appeal for our personal missionary. Dr. C. F. Yoder. 
We have assumed his personal suppoi't with the expectation 
of starting with a substantial percentage the first year, in- 
creasing it as our indebtedness is liquidated until we shall as- 
sume the full responsibility. April 23rd will see a special 
meeting of the whole Bible School for supper and pi'ogram. 
April 26th has been set the ordination of Brother Harry Gil- 
bert, one of our Deacons and our former Bible School Super- 
intendent, who is now lay pastor of our Brighton church. 

The Lord bless you all. 

Delbert B. Flora, Pastor 


The week proceeding Easter has been a full one for our 
people — a week of spiritual blessings. 

On April 1st preparations were made for our communion. 
On the 2nd we observed this Holy ordinance, having a very 
large attendance and a very spiritual service. 

On Easter morning the sun arose in all his glory, bringing 
light and warmth and blessing all the earth, typifying the 
glorious resurrection of the Son of Righteousness. At 6:30 
o'clock scores of the children of faith went to the House of 
Worship, where they mingled their voices in songs of praise 
and the offering of silent prayers for a suffering world. 
These services were led by the pastor, assisted by the young 

Our Bible School attendance reached 624. 

Due to the loyalty and cooperation of all, from the least to 
the greatest, our Easter offering amounted to $2,103.20. The 
church expressed her thankfulness for this offering by sing- 
ing, "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow." We have 
come to know that our people love to give for the advancing 
of His Kingdom, not only of their means, but also of their 
talents as well. 

For the worship service the church was filled to capacity. 
The subject of the pastor's sermon was, "Your Appointment 
with the Risen Lord." We will summarize Brother Flora's 
message as follows: 

1. We have an appointment with the Living Son of God. 

2. We have an appointment to rally for His Name. 

3. We have an appointment in rest and seclusion from the 
turmoil of the world — in worship and prayer. 

4. We have an appointment in instruction that only God 
can give in His Book. 

5. We have an appointment in our business— to dedicate 
a part of our substance. 

6. The disciples, save one, did not fail to keej) their ap- 
pointment with their Lord. If you fail to keep your appoint- 
ment with your Lord, all is lost. 

The day closed with a program by the choirs at the even- 
ing hour. Thus another page is written in the history of our 
church. Blessed be His Name. 

Edna Nicholas 


Easter Sunday was a great day with the Ashland Park 
Street Church. With most of the College students away for 
the Easter vacation, and just with a regular Sunday service 
without any special features, with the stress only on the 
Foreign Mission offering, the close of the day revealed the 


Sunrise Service (jq 

Easter Breakfast for young people f.O 

Sunday School 2O8 

Morning Service 175 

Christian Endeavor qq 

Evening Service .125 


At the Easter Breakfast .$ 6.67 

Sunday School 12.30 

Church Budget 123.60 

Building Fund (53.38 

Foreign Missions (Cash) 396.90 

Foreign Missions (Pledge) 25.00 

Total offerings for the day $627.85 
Received into the church: 

By letter 2; By baptism 2 
Babies dedicated — 3 
First time decisions during tlie Pre^Easter services — 5 

L. V. King, Pastor 


Our meetings closed at Cambria on March 22nd. As a result 
of that meeting we will baptize two and are hoping that when 
the time comes for that baptism there will be more to be bap- 

One confession has been made in our Burlington meetings 
so far (March 2f)th). On Sunday evening, March 28th, there 
were 220 people in attendance. These services will close on 
Easter Sunday evening. Dr. and Mrs. L. O. McCartneysmith 
are conducting this meeting. We will have a full report of this 
effort later. 

During the week following Easter Mrs. Deeter and I ex- 
pect to go to Topeka, Kansas to visit our children. Two more 
grandchildren have entered this world since February, making 
now six in all, only one of which is a girl. 

W. R. Deeter 


Benevolent Offering 


Fort Scott S. S. (Kansas) 5.00 

Simeon Blackstone & l»aughter Estella 

Mt. Zion 2.00 

Burlington, Ind 13.44 

New Kensington, Pa 12.45 

Smithville, Ohio 

Mrs. Harvey Naugle 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs. C. Mast 20.00 

Mrs. Swinehart .''j.OO 

Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Crider 5.00 

Mre. Hai-vey Rutt 25.00 

Mrs. Odessa Hartzler 5.00 

Offering ;j6.00 

Total for March 101.00 

Smithville Total 111.00 

Ashland, Ohio 

James Harvey Beal 1.00 

Prof. C. L. Anspach 8.00 

Add. Offering 22.05 

Total for Month ;51.05 

Ashland Total 196.35 

Portis, Kan. 

Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Lemon 5.00 

Offering 1.78 6.78 

Gravelton, Ind 15.00 

Rittmafi, Ohio 

E. O. Frank 10.00 

Offering 9.00 19.00 

Gratis, Ohio 18.50 

Berlin, Pa 32.50 

Washington D. C. 

Rev. and Mrs. T. C. Lyon 10.00 

Rettv Lyon 5.00 

A. Friend 5.00 

Offering 5.00 25.00 

Bryan, Ohio 53.85 

Lathro)), Calif. 

Mr. and Mi-s. Cecil DePriest ;',.00 

Offering 10.05 13.05 

Waterloo, lovifa 35.61 

N. Manchester, Iml 102.00 

Huntington, Ind 5.00 

Tiosa, Ind 3.25 

Brush Valley, Pa .'i.lS 

Washington Court House, Ohio 2.00 

Denver, Ind 17.45 

Corinth, Ind 12.54 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yoder 10.00 

Naiipanee, Ind. 

I>r. and Mrs. M. I). Price 10.00 

Golden Hour Class ."i.OO 

Offering 100.00 115.00 

Cumberland, Md 3.40 

Ardmore, Ind 45.02 

The Brethren Evangelist 

St. James, Md .7.', 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio 24. 1 1 

West Alexandria, Ohio 

Mr. and Mrs. Kelpingor 5.00 

Ever Faithful Class 5.00 10.00 


Dr. and Mrs. W. S. licll 10.00 

Offering 25.35 35.35 

Roanoke, Indiana 

Mr. and Mre. E. 1 >. Humke 20.00 

W. M. S 2.05 

Offering 5.70 27.75 

Louisville, Ohio 

Pauline Sheets 10.00 , 

Earl Miller 5.00 

Arline Miller 5.00 

Thelma Wei-tenberger 10.00 

Mrs. Amanda Oyster 5.00 

Mrs. Floyd Miller 5.00 

W. M. S 11.00 

Total for March 

Louisville Total 

Canton, Ohio 

Hagerstown, Md. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hereter 8.00 

Offering 75.10 

Total for March 

Hagerstown Total 

Cai-leton, Neb 

Vinco, Pa 

Johnstown Second, Pa 

Calvary, N. J 


Martin Goshorn (Clay City) 

Mulvane, Kan 

Elkhart, Ind 

Elkhart Total 


Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Dague 5.00 

Offering 3.50 

Rev. and Mrs. I. D. Bowman 9 1 

Loyalty Group, Peru, Ind 13.' 

Masontovm, Pa 24.: 

Cambria, Ind 

Uniontown Second, Pa 31.1 

Uniontown, Second, Total ;i9.( 

Fairhaven, Ohio 17. 

Sergeantville, N. J 24.I 

Mexico, Ind 22.! 

Leading Churches to date: 

Ashland, Ohio 196.35 

Na)ipanee, Ind 115.00 

Smithville, Ohio 111.00 

New Paris, Ind 103.16 

N. Manchester, Ind 102.00 

Turlock, Calif 100.00 

Louisville^ Ohio 89.47 

Hagerstown, Md 85.10 

Canton, Ohio 74.25 

Bryan, Ohio 68.85 

J^e Brethren 


Vol. XLIV, No. 15 
April 18, 1942 


n I his Issue ^/> 

'iMy Immediate Out\oo\ for 
the Qhurch in the World of ^oday 


Dr. J. RajTnond Schutz 

North Manchester, Indiana 

Armament and 'B^armament 

Dr. C. F. Yoder 

Cordoba, Argentina 

T^ews and Views from V/est to East 
J. Ray Klingensmith 

General Secretary of The Missionary Board 
of the Brethren Church 

Have Tou Seen It? 

Frank Gehman 
Stockton, California 

Published monthly by The Missionary Board of The Brethren Church 

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Rev. ,T. Ray Klingensmith 


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A number of our Brethren among the churches 
have manifested surprise that The Missionary 
Board publishes the Mission Number of The Breth- 
rri! Evangelist each month. We had thought thi.s was 
generally known in our churches, but since it needs 
clarifying we have changed the set-up of the oppo- 
site page. Naturally the Christian Endeavor Depart- 
ment, the Children's Department and the Worship i 
Day by Day are created by the regular producers.! 
Wc appreciate the wai'm commerjdations for our| 

Evnufielisni Tockiij 

Two things are defining themselves in the evan- 
gelistic field today. There is a growing interest! 
among the genuinely Christian people in spiritual] 
things, but war, another Pied Piper, has carried! 
away other unsaved again. This means we should re- 
turn to the individualization method of reachingl 
them one by one and two by two, otherwise we will] 
be preaching in churches filled with Chr-stianizedJ 
people only. 

We are planning on doing our best this summerj 
again for churches who will need pastors for thej 
su)nmer. If .you Mill let us know, pei'haps we can ar- 
range with one of our several students to supplyj 
your needs for the summer. We shall trv. 


Fntcrert as Hwonrt nintttr at Ashland. Ohm. AfceiUfd tor iiimiIiiiu 

.- .,,,..^,1 r.,e. >«-.inn noa. «n nf onnh,., :.. 1917. ,u,ho,i,„i Only three days after our Easter envelopes andj 

s„,„„„,h„ 3 ,„2, letto's were released a number were returned withj 

lovely offerings. We thank you and our prayer is] 

that the greatest Easter offering we have yet lifted] 

^_^^,^^^^^,,,^ ^i „„,.^,^^^_^^,^,__,,^^^_ will be brought for a witness and a sorry world at| 

war. Missions is the essence of Christianity. Mis- 
sionless churches are powerless churches. Powerful i 
— ^M^M^^— churches are mission churches. Let us never forget] 

it to our own injury. 
Intpresting Items 2 

"Everywhere in Every City" o . 

„ , J- . ^ X, , ^ .., ^, , , JThe beautiful pictures in the Easter number 

Mv Immediate Outlook for the Church 1 i ■ i , i , ^ i ■ ,, ■, 

, ■ , J „ ^ . which have brought kindly remarks from so manv 

Armaments and Rearmaments U . , , . , _ . , , . 

, . ^ ,, . , , ^ have been saved for nearly a year for lust this num- 

Hearts which Overflow with Jov < i mi . , , , ' , , , , 

■ ber. there are other numbers planned ahead too. 

j\ ^, '.""'„! XT II- T i 1 o ^"i" Missionary Board was def initel v led of the 1 

Introducing Blanca Nellie Igartcnuvu 8 ^ ■, i , i ,. , , , , - „ , , , 

Lord to the source of these beautiful and costlv 

Have You Seen It? S , „. , , , j, , j, , , ^, • , . 

. , . , ^ ,,, ^, „ ^. „ futs. We are so thankful for the Christian coopera- 

An Incident Worth Repeating !) . . . .... 

„„,,„,„, ^ ,„ tion m obtaining them. 

St. Paul's Balance Sheet 10 ^ 

We Pray 11 

Thanksgiving Offering Report 12 ^^ GOD BE FOR US— 

About those Brethren Emphasis Programs 14 "Fret not"— He loves thee.— John l.S:l. 

The Bible in New York 14 "''^'"t not"-He holds thee.-Isa. 41.10. 

. „ ,. ,. ,, ^ ,, 'Fear not —He keeps thee. — Ps. 121:.). 

Change in Ordination I 'ate 14 rr,, , , . . . , , , , , 

^ The world is groning in darkness todav because too 

Our Children's Department 1.5 .^^ny Christians have let their lights go out.— James E. 

For Defense Hi Thompson. 

April 18, 1942 

'%^tx^^hfrt in (Elt^r^ Citg'' 

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■ The Mission. Number of the Breth ren Evangelist is issued by the Mission- 

W^ary Board of The Brethren Church a-nd edited by the Secretary, The Rev. J. 
^B Ray Klingensmith. 

he past several months have been spent in vis- 
iting and working with a number of our Brethren 
churches in both the western and eastern parts of 
our country. News has just reached us of a splendid 
district confei-ence that was held at Lathrop, Cali- 
fornia, where in the month of January we were pres- 
ent for a splendid two weeks effort in an evangelis- 
tic meeting. We rejoiced to hear that the Northern 
California District has rallied again to the support 
of its Missionary Board. This will be welcomed 
news to the Brethren of Stockton. 
Stockton, Calif orni/t 

A great work in a great city has great difficulties 
also. Two weeks in the Stockton church introduced 
us to the difficulties as well as the extreme loyalties 
and sacrifices of a few people who Have made a noble 
effort in behalf of a Brethren church there. We have 
recently heard from the moderator of the Stockton 
church who informs us of the successful visitation 
program which has just been undertaken in the 
Stockton church. It is our humble opinion that only 
such a program as personal visitation will succeed 
in beginning or sustaining any church today. We 
pray for God's guidance among such churches as are 
using this apostolic and original method of promot- 
ing Christianity. 

Johtistoir)i , Ppji nsi/lvania 

The Reverend William S. Crick has eriven everv 
evidence of many months of labo)-ous effort in the 
Second Brethren Church of Johnstown in the Mox- 
ham area. The meeting began with an unusually 
large attendance and maintained its sti'ength and in- 
tprest throughout. The cooperation of the B)-ethren 
from the First Church and from Vinco and from the 

Third Church made every meeting a new joy. Per- 
haps the outstanding guests of the meeting were 
the young people's choir from Vinco, directed by 
Mrs. Clarence Gilmer. This was a refreshing sight 
and experience. The Brethren of the Second Church 
and the surrounding areas were generous in their of- 
ferings and interest. We have a new appreciation 
now for the entire church and its minister. The old 
statement that "Adequate preparation is better than 
pulpit exhortation" has proven itself again. 
Louisville, Ohio 

From Johnstown we went directly to Louisville, 
Ohio, where the Reverend E. M. Riddle shepherds 
not only the First Brethren Church but a large circle 
of friends in the entire vicinity. The Reverend Rid- 
dle, like the Reverend Crick, still believes in a pas- 
tor's keeping in touch with his congregation through 
visitation and counsel. The price these men pay for 
their success as ministers of the Gospel is a large 
one, but thank God a good investment. 

Our two weeks of mepting in Louisville were the 
most outstanding since the Thanksgiving time meet- 
ing at North Manchester. The attendance was al- 
most surprising every night. The interest was high. 
The conviction was definite. The Lord was present. 
Our Brethren in Louisville make us rejoice in dem- 
onstrating a beautiful consecration and .solidarity in 
their faith. The Reverend Riddle has a large and 
successful ministry there. We received a generous 
offering also from the Louisville church. These of- 
ferings for evangelistic meetings and other engage- 
ments all go to the Missionary Board's funds for 
mission and evangelistic work. They are not person- 
al to the evangelist. 


1. Please remember in prayer our Easter Offerings for the work of Dr. Yoder 
in South America. On our desk at the present moment are a number of letters 
from the native workers and Christians thei-e. This is a valuable work for Christ. 
We showed the pictures of some of Brother Voder's work in Johnstown and Lou- 
isville and it gave new vision and inspiration of the success of Brethren missions 
in South America. 

2. Pray for the meetings at Sergeantsville, New Jersey, Linwood, Maryland, 
and other pejiding engagements. These are difficult days for evangelistic work 
and we realize deeply our need of the Lord'? guidance and strength for the 
constant drain of the work. 

" For the District Conferences. These are days when momentous issues face the 

church of Jesus Christ and we should now be praying that our district confer- 
ences will be alert to them. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

My Immedidte Outlook 

for the Church 
in the World of Today 

By Dr. J. Rdymond Schutz 

The world is being shaken to its very foundation by the 
ratastrnphic events of each new day. Only three times before 
in the world's history have events so momentous taken place. 
When I say that, I do not mean events that were alike in 
form, but in the far reaching character of their influence 
and consequences. This is a world struggle, and it is affecting 
the entire world in its influence — witness the most recent of 
these forces— the new situation in India. Who could foresee 
when this war began in 1939 that the 400 year old struggle 
between England and India would become a part of the tur- 
moil? Yes, this is literally a world war, better perhaps, a 
world revolution. The war from 1914 to 1918, though we call- 
ed it the First World War, was primarily a European con- 
flict, involving at the most only two continents. The present 
involves every continent and all but four countries and af- 
fects every living being in the universe. How shall one inter- 
pret such a time? Who has the answer? 

Personally, I still refuse to become too dogmatic in the in- 
terpretation of the meaning of these days. Ivstead of putting 
Christ in a uniform I prefer that He shall remain on the 
Judgment Seat. I know that we call this a conflict between 
democracy and totalitarianism, and as Hitler himself pointed 
out, "The two philosophies are entirely unlike and opposite, 
and that the world is not large enough to permit them both 
to survive." If Hitler then has vowed to destroy democracy 
we can do only one of two things — we will either permit 
him to do it or we are going to resist. If we permit him to do 
it, we shall submit to the ruin of all that is most dear to us, 
our homes, our churches, decency, honor and Christianity it- 
self and become the slaves of Godless men. Much as we hate 
war, therefore, we may not only be obliged to accept it as the 
lesser of two evils, but for once in the history of the world, I 
look upon it as the only way that decent men and women 
may have to accept it as the only alternative. Theodore Roos- 
evelt once said, "So much do we love peace that if it is nec- 
essary we will fight for it." 

Personally I am glad for two things, viz.: that The Breth- 
ren Church has been aggressive in preaching peace, even if 
not consistent in the practice of it. Second, that our coun- 
try, as well as England, was long suffering and patient in 
the face of terrible insults, because we did not want war. I 
shall never have any regrets that we should have permitted 
the dictators to know that we did not want war. I would 
rather be accused of being an "appeaser" than an "aggres- 
sor." Since Pear! Harbor no one has dared to call us the ag- 
gressor in the conflict. 

Having said all of this, I would not dare to say that the 
r')emocracies have done no wrong. In fact, we have enough 
to be ashamed of and we have done enough that calls for re- 
pentance. There was clear insight into this fact when the 
President of the United States set aside January 1, 1942, as 

a Day of Prayer, and specified the things for which we 
should pray. First in the list was repentance. That is right. 
Only after we have asked for cleansing and forgiveness for 
our own shortcomings have we a right to expect a blessing 
for our cause — fighting for democracy. 

Or are we making a false assumption when we believe that 
God is more interested in "democracy" than in "dictator- 
ship"? Here definitions must help us to find the answer. Un- 
der a dictatorship the "individual" means nothing and the 
"state" means everything. But since the dictator is the state, 
the dictator is the "total." He recognizes nothing above or be- 
yond himself. He recognizes no absolute God and there is on- 
ly one absolute man and that is himself. This is the grossest 
form of blasphemy and ii-religion the world has ever known. 
There is no godlessness comparable to this and it is my duty 
as a Christian to defend my God and what He holds dear in 
His world. 

Under democracy, by contrast, even if not perfect, we ex- 
alt primarily the sanctity of human personality. Whence 
comes this regard for the individual? Of all the philosophies 
and religions in the world, only one teaches it, that is our